Standing proudly carrying an AK-47 while breastfeeding her child, this powerful picture of a young mother shows how previously untouched tribes are being influenced by the outside world. Wearing a traditional robe and displaying a lip disc, the woman from one of the tribes in South Omo, Ethiopia, can be seen staring intently at the camera. Kenyan-born photographer Neil Thomas captured members of the Arbore, Dassanech, Hamer, Karo, Mursi and Suri tribes as part of this photo series

By JENNY AWFORD

Standing proudly carrying their AK-47s, these powerful pictures of indigenous tribes show how previously untouched groups are being influenced by the outside world.

The images, which capture six different remote tribes living in South Omo, Ethiopia, reveal how elements of the modern world are slowly starting to be introduced into their traditional culture.

One young mother can be seen breastfeeding her child as she cradles an automatic weapon under her arm. In another compelling image, an elder from the Hamer tribe poses with a gun carried over his shoulders.

Kenyan-born photographer Neil Thomas captured images of members of the Arbore, Dassanech, Hamer, Karo, Mursi and Suri tribes as part of this photo series.

An elder from the Karo tribe can also be carrying an automatic weapon. This group takes pride in their elaborate body decoration and they imitate the plumage of the guinea fowl by dabbing their torsos with white chalk paint before important ceremonies. More than 40 tribes reside within South Omo and the valley is home to about 200,000 people
An elder from the Karo tribe can also be carrying an automatic weapon. This group takes pride in their elaborate body decoration and they imitate the plumage of the guinea fowl by dabbing their torsos with white chalk paint before important ceremonies. More than 40 tribes reside within South Omo and the valley is home to about 200,000 people

Perhaps the tribe with the most elaborate body decoration is the Karo – they imitate the plumage of the guinea fowl by dabbing their torsos with white chalk paint before important ceremonies.

In another compelling image, an elder from the Hamer tribe poses covered in traditional white paint with a gun carried over his shoulders. The men in this African tribe have to endure strenuous ritual ceremonies. Kenyan-born photographer Neil Thomas said: ‘The most important event in Hamer society is the men’s initiation rite of the jumping of bulls. The man, who is stark naked, must jump onto, and run across the backs of about 30 bulls who have been manhandled into a row’
In another compelling image, an elder from the Hamer tribe poses covered in traditional white paint with a gun carried over his shoulders. The men in this African tribe have to endure strenuous ritual ceremonies. Kenyan-born photographer Neil Thomas said: ‘The most important event in Hamer society is the men’s initiation rite of the jumping of bulls. The man, who is stark naked, must jump onto, and run across the backs of about 30 bulls who have been manhandled into a row’

More than 40 tribes reside within South Omo and the valley is home to about 200,000 people.

Due to the development of new road networks and telecommunication networks, the area has become more accessible to the outside world and globalisation has made its mark on the Omo Valley.

Covered in white paint, this tribesman from South Omo is seen holding a weapon. These powerful pictures of indigenous tribes show how previously untouched groups are being influenced by the outside world. The images, which capture six different remote tribes living in South Omo, Ethiopia, reveal how elements of the modern world are slowly starting to be introduced into their traditional culture
Covered in white paint, this tribesman from South Omo is seen holding a weapon. These powerful pictures of indigenous tribes show how previously untouched groups are being influenced by the outside world. The images, which capture six different remote tribes living in South Omo, Ethiopia, reveal how elements of the modern world are slowly starting to be introduced into their traditional culture

As the government has taken over more and more tribal land, competition for scarce resources has intensified and the introduction of firearms has made inter-ethnic fighting more dangerous.

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Source: Mail Online

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