Living the indigenous way, from the jungles to the mountains

by Stephen Leahy

This hunter is a member of the Waorani community, an Amazonian indigenous people who live in eastern Ecuador. According to United Nations estimates, upwards of 370 million indigenous people are spread out over 70 countries worldwide. Between them, they speak over 5,000 languages. Photo:: Courtesy Nicolas Villaume, Land is Life

In the course of human history many tens of thousands of communities have survived and thrived for hundreds, even thousands, of years. Scores of these largely self-sustaining traditional communities continue to this day in remote jungles, forests, mountains, deserts, and in the icy regions of the North. A few remain completely isolated from modern society.