Earth's last tribes
Collected by Adriana Yampey, AFAR Local Expert
With the constant globalization will these last remaining tribes manage to hold on to their ancient and fascinating traditions? Only time will tell.
Tapae Road, 119/9 1096 ตำบล แม่แรม อำเภอ แม่ริม เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
If you don't have time to visit the actual tribal villages in the Thai mountains, you can visit the Maesa Elephant Camp and take an elephant ride through the jungle to spend a few hours at Baan Tong Luang- a Hill Tribe cultural preservation...
Lugu Lake, China
In 2012, I went to southern China to learn about the Musuo tribe - the world's last matriarch society. In this culture, women inherit all property and money, and make all family decisions. The Musuo do not marry, instead women take as many lovers...
Cikeusik Munjul, Cikeusik, Kabupaten Pandeglang, Banten 42286, Indonesia
Baduy Tribe is the only remaining ancient tribe of Western Java existed until now stand up with their own way between the globalization of modernization that happened everywhere. Baduy is a tribe located deep inside the heart of Banten Province of...
Kaung Daing Village Nyaung Shwe Township Southern Shan State Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
A visit to the local 5-day rotating farmer's market - where the hill tribes like the PaO people do their shopping - is something not to be missed at Inle Lake in Myanmar. Enjoy flattened rice cakes and juice directly out of the coconut while...
San Isidro, Sierra Bullones, Bohol, Philippines
The Eskaya are a small tribe of just a few thousand that live in the mountains of Bohol in the southern Philippines. They have a unique language that scholars have not been able to link to any other known language. They also have a very...
Calle 2a Oeste 85-81, Panamá, Panama
At the Plaza de Francia (French Plaza) and Las Bovedas, not far from the French Embassy, you'll find indigenous Guna Indians (formerly known as Kuna Indians) sewing and selling vibrant molas depicting tropical San Blas Island plants, birds, and...
Kolombong/Bdc Industrial Estate, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Sabah | Borneo From behind the door we could hear a tribe of men yelling – something like a war cry. The gate swung open, about 10 headhunters eyed us as they walked by, spears in hand. They spoke in some tribal language and even got in our face...
The Philippines has more than 160 ethnic groups and tribes. Each is unique and has its own set of traditions. One such ethnic group is the Talaandig Tribe in Bukidnon which I visited some years ago. Before we were allowed to enter the community,...
Tp. Hà Giang, Hà Giang, Vietnam
Having lived in Asia for many years I always find it fascinating to visit the regions lesser-known mountain regions. They give a break from the tropical heat and an opportunity to tune out of city stress and into nature. Learning about the rich...
Doi Mae Salong, Mae Salong Nok, Mae Fa Luang District, Chiang Rai 57110, Thailand
My friends and I stayed in a small guesthouse in the Chinese settlement called Mae Salong in northern Thailand in the Chiang Rai province. We used that as our base for a 2 day trek to visit the local hill tribes. We stayed for one night in Mae...
I've been to many deserts around the world, but one of my favorites is the Kalahari, which extends about 350,000 square miles and covers much of Botswana. Part of the reason is because the Kalahari is really a savannah that supports a lot of plant...
Kohima, Nagaland, India
The unique Hornbill Festival, named after the bird, is one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland, in India's far north east region.The Festival is attended by all of Nagaland's major tribes. It features...
Purros, Purros Conservancy in the Kunene Streek, Purros, Namibia
During my recent travels in Namibia I spent a brief afternoon with a Himba tribe and always marvel in how adapted and hardy these people must be to not only survive but thrive in the Namibian desert. This lovely woman had such poise...
C40, Palmwag, Namibia
On the way back to Windhoek after a five day Desert Elephant Tracking Experience with Ondjamba Safaris in northwest Namibia, our guide, Dieter, knew that our group was looking to have an authentic experience with the Himba, one of the most...
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