According to Cultural Survival, an organization that fights for the rights of indigenous communities worldwide, there are approximately 370 million indigenous people belonging to 5,000 different groups across 90 countries.
These communities often have their own language and deep-seeded cultural traditions.
It's when the land they live off is threatened — or worse, destroyed — by mining, oil, dam building, and agro-industrial development that they collide with mainstream society.
This collection of photos from Reuters gives a glimpse of how these people from around the world live.
(Captions by Jack Sommer and Reuters)
The Nenets are the indigenous tribe of Russia's Far North. They live in the poorly populated Tundra region, near the coast of the Arctic Ocean. The bloodline community, which consists of the Lednev family members, lives far from civilization and specializes in deer farming. Here, a Nenets boy, Viktor Lednev, sits near a carved reindeer at a settlement.
Consisting mainly of Circassians, Tkhagapsh is one of the few remaining settlements in the Sochi, Russia region. Circassians are a people indigenous to the North Caucasus region, but many were scattered across the globe by a bloody 19th Century Russian military campaign.
The snowy foothills of the High Atlas mountains in Morocco are home to several Berber villages where inhabitants make a living by farming, baking bread, herding cattle, and the making and selling of honey, olive oil, and pottery. Extreme weather fluctuations and erosion that causes flooding and landslides have led to a drop in agricultural productivity.
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