What do we know about tribes and their way of life? Can we even begin to understand humanity in such a form?

Answering these questions is photographer Jimmy Nelson, who recently released his latest project, called ‘Homage to Humanity’. Nelson’s main mission in this project was to observe and photograph over 30 different tribes across the world.

Along with his project, Nelson also released a book called ’Before They Pass Away’ in which he featured photos and bios of more than 30 tribes facing extinction.

The photo project also offers information on the tribes themselves, their location and the photographer’s experiences with them. To Nelson, it was important to show how primitively some cultures live, without having to judge their ways.

At the same time, he wanted to put an emphasis on the way we and them perceive humanity in its purest form.

As part of his project, Nelson will release a motion picture along with 1,500 photos, ‘all stitched together into one amazing journey across the cradle of human culture.’

Have a look at the gallery below, featuring photos of tribes on all continents, which are also included in Nelson’s final project.

Hakamou’i, UaPou, Marguesas Islands, French Polynesia

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Yang Shuo Cormorants, China

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Samburu Tribe, Kenya

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Mask Dancers, Paro, Bhutan

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Perak Women, Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India

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Vaioa River, Atuona, HivaOa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

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KhoyorTolgoi Hill, AltanTsogts County Bayan Ulgii Provence, Mongolia

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HuliWigmen, Ambua Falls, Tari Valley, Papua New Guinea

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Tarangire, Rift Escarpment, Tanzania

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Ni Vanuatu Men Rah Lava Island, Torba Province Vanuatu Islands

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Ganges, Haridwar, India

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Ndoto Mountain Range, Kenya

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Angge Village, Upper Mustang Nepal

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TeArohaMikaka& Sky Bay Of Islands, Haruru Falls, North Island, New Zealand

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Likekaipia Tribe Ponowi Village, Jalibu Mountains, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea

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Uramana Clan, Amuioan, Tufi, Papua New Guinea

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Miao Village, Liu Pan Shui, Gui Zhou, China

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Paro Pass, Bhutan

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Mount Bosavi Waterfall, Papua New Guinea

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Korcho Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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Lake Argentino / Cerro Christal On Horizon Patagonia, Argentina

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