It is often said that time evolves people. Mankind has evolved over the ages from eras like the stone age to the bronze age to the medieval age to the Modern era. People change with time, but in these cases, there are some people that have chosen to remain isolated from the rest of the world. Here are 10 of the most primitive tribes in the world.
1. Sentinelese Tribe
The Sentinelese, considered the world’s most secluded tribe, have garnered widespread attention. They reside on North Sentinel Island, a forested territory roughly the same size as Manhattan, and fiercely reject any attempts at contact, resorting to violence against outsiders who venture near. The tribe made it very apparent that they do not want any civilization, but who can blame them after neighboring tribes and villages have been partially or completely wiped out by the so-called “civilization”?
2. Jawara Tribe
The native inhabitants of the Andaman Islands in India are known as the Jawara tribe. They inhabit various areas within the southern Andaman Islands. The tribe, consisting of approximately 250-400 individuals, has mostly avoided engagement with external influences. As a result, significant aspects of their cultural heritage and practices remain poorly understood.
3. Onge tribe
The Onge tribe is one of the oldest tribes in India, part of the Andamanese ethnic group, with a population of over 100 people they are a semi-nomadic tribe that is fully dependent on farming, fishing, hunting, and gathering. Even to this day, they remain isolated but they have gradually begun to accept outsiders and go to see the outside world.
4. Ayoreo tribe
The Ayoreo people, an Indigenous community residing in the Gran Chaco region, inhabit an area encircled by the Paraguay, Pilcomaypo, Parapeti, and Grande rivers. Their territory has been forcibly taken and gradually allocated to cattle ranchers against their will. They lead a way of life centered on hunting and gathering and favor maintaining their isolation from the external environment.
5. Mbuti Tribe
Mbuti, a tribe located in the Ituri Rain Forest of Congo, has chosen to avoid integration with modern society. They are primarily nomads by nature and move from one settlement to another every 3-4 weeks. The number of settlements they use can vary depending on the available resources in an area.
6. Piraha Tribe
This Piraha Tribe of Brazil was initially a sub group of the Mura Tribe who lived deeper in the forest. They separated from the Mura Tribe in the early 1700’s and have long since chosen isolation. The Piraha tribe opts not to embrace the benefits of modern civilization, instead choosing to engage in trade with neighboring communities, which, in turn, craft boats for them. The sole adjustment they have embraced involves donning garments crafted by themselves.
7. Kalahari Bushmen
The Kalahari Bushmen were once a thriving tribe in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana. They once had access to all the fruits and meat they needed for survival, and they had a disciplined culture. Nevertheless, with the progression of modernization, the traditional Kalahari way of life faced its downfall. They were compelled to abandon their homes, and their lands were transformed into a protected area. The Kalahari community was coercively relocated to new settlements. A few of them continue to reflect on the past, asserting that the advent of modernity has been detrimental to their well-being.
8. Huli Tribe
Huli Tribe is located in Papua New Guinea, and they are a group of strong indigenous people. For thousands of years, they have resided in the remotest regions of Papua New Guinea, preserving and passing on their cultural traditions and rituals through successive generations. You can recognize a Huli man from his muscular physique and colorful face paint signifying Oneness. The Huli people are primarily hunters.
9. Korowai Tribe
The Korowai are a tribe of around 3000 people who live in remote Papua and were discovered around 35 years ago. They live in tree houses called Rumah Tinggi, some of which can be up to 50 meters above the ground. They are hunter-gatherers and lived in isolation until 1975. They have a village built by the government, where they live in houses divided into two or three rooms with fireplaces. Men and women live separately. The Korowai have had limited contact with the outside world until a documentary film team visited them in 1992. Despite being introduced to healing methods managed by the government, they still use traditional methods for curing pain, and rely heavily on their homemade implements.
10. Himba Tribe
The Ovahimba and Ovazimba tribes in northern Namibia have a strong traditional culture that has remained resistant to outside influence. With a population of over 50,000, the women are responsible for tasks such as milking cows and caring for children while the men go hunting. The tribe is polygamous, and the wealth of a member is measured by the number of cattle they own. The practice of “Okujepisa Omukazendu” involves a man offering his wife to a guest to spend the night, reducing jealousy and promoting relationships. The woman’s influence in the decision-making process is minimal, and she is primarily expected to prioritize complying with her husband’s requests. However, she does have the option to refuse to engage in intimate relations with the guest.
There you have it, 10 of the Most Primitive Tribes in the world. Some have cultures we can learn from and appreciate, and others have values we could imitate, but they all hold a common passion and loyalty for their tribe and culture.
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