Tribal Connections:

06/02/2015 | Published 3 months ago

There are said to be as many as 100 tribes scattered across the globe, still living is some of the world’s most isolated regions, that have little or no contact with modern civilisation, including a tribe that lives less than 100km from Machu Picchu – one of the busiest tourist sites in the world. Some of these tribes are holding on to their traditions and living the same way they have for generations while some are slowly succumbing to a more modern way of life. Take a look at some of the world’s remote tribes.
 

HIMBA

With a population of around 50,000 people living as semi-nomadic pastoralists and hunters and gatherers, the Himba people of northern Namibia maintain a traditional way of life. But droughts, civil war and political conflict has meant the Himba have had their fair share of troubles and Western civilisation is impacting on their traditions. Education initiatives have led to many young Himba gaining employment outside their villages and not returning home, while some are abandoning their traditions.
 
Our Handpicked Namibia journey will take you to some of the most spectacular areas in the country while also offering the chance to extend your trip to the remote Serra Cafema where you can learn about the traditions of the Himba people.

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NI-VANUATU

Vanuatu has a rich Melanesian culture of traditions, magic and ritual. Most Ni-Vanuatu are subsistence farmers who do some cash-cropping on the side and with Vanuatu’s growing tourism industry, they also sell traditional handicrafts at local markets. Despite increasing interaction with people outside their tribes, the Ni-Vanuatu people have managed to maintain most of their traditions and customs.
 
A journey through Vanuatu isn’t complete without visiting small local villages that are rarely seen by Western civilisation. Our Handpicked Vanuatu trip allows you to get up close with the welcoming Ni-Vanuatu people who will welcome you to their unique culture.

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HUAORANI

The Huaorani are native Amerindians from the Amazonian region of Ecuador. The 4,000 or so people speak a dialect thought to be unrelated to any other language. Increased contact with the outside world has seen the Huaorani shift from being a hunter/gatherer society to living in permanent settlements. There are five communities though who have rejected all contact with the outside world, but their land and culture is being threatened by oil production and logging.
 
Ecuador is a country of astonishing contrasts, where cultural riches are only surpassed by the breathtaking landscapes. Visit the country of the Huaorani people on our eight day Handpicked Ecuador journey.

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MUSTANG

The Mustang people from the former kingdom of Lo are politically a part of Nepal, but their religion, culture and history have Tibetan roots. Local traditions are based on the early teachings of Buddhism, and prayers, festivals and majestic monasteries are pivotal elements of their society. The gateway for Western tourism was opened in 1992 and rapid change is afoot, especially from nearby China.      
 
Since Nepal opened up to tourists, many people have been enchanted by the mystical allure of this tiny mountain kingdom. Travel to Nepal on our Handpicked Nepal journey and discover the country’s natural beauty, culture and heritage.

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RABARI

The Rabari people from India believe Shiva put them on earth to tend camels owned by Parvati – the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion. As the traditional Rabari are mainly dependent on their milk profession, a commonality among the various tribes is obvious in a particular food habit: they tend to consume lots of milk and milk products.
 
Discover the land of the Rabari people on our Handpicked North India journey, a fantastic introduction to the diversity of India and its culture. North India crackles with a colour and vibrancy like no other. 

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