Joanna Eede

From the hunting peoples of Canada to the hunter-gatherers of Africa, tribal peoples have found ingenious ways of surviving over thousands of years. For many tribal peoples, continuous immersion in nature over thousands of years has resulted in a profound attunement to the subtle cues of the natural world. Acute observations have taught tribes how...

As global monoculture erodes cultural diversity, the diversity of tribal festivals and rituals is a reminder that humans have different insights, different priorities, and choose other – successful – ways of living. For many tribes, life is lived through ritual. Rituals are held in honor of the lands that sustain tribal peoples and the spirits...

As global monoculture erodes cultural diversity, the diversity of tribal festivals and rituals is a reminder that humans have different insights, different priorities, and choose other – successful – ways of living. For many tribes, life is lived through ritual. Rituals are held in honor of the lands that sustain tribal peoples and the spirits...

  For International’s Women Day on the 8th of March I profiled the pictures and stories of inspiring tribal women around the world who are fighting for their fundamental human rights. Tribal women have known brutal displacement, fear, murder and rape at the hands of invaders, for decades. They have suffered humiliation by governments that...

“You say laughter and I say larfter,” sang Louis Armstrong. The difference is subtle. Across the world, however, from the Amazon to the Arctic, tribal peoples say it in 4,000 entirely different ways. Sadly, no one now says “laughter” in Eyak, a language from the Gulf of Alaska, whose last fluent speaker died in 2008, or in the...

ON the forested western edge of Maranhao state in north-east Brazil lives the Awá tribe. One of only two nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes left in Brazil, the Awa have long lived in this area, which lies between the equatorial forests of Amazonia and the drier savannas to the east.  They are the most threatened tribe in...

  We live in a beautiful world. For generations, tribal peoples have been the guardians of their diverse habitats – tundra, sea-ice, mountains, deserts, oceans and prairies; for most, land and life are inextricably linked.  Earth is the bedrock of their lives, the provider of food and shelter, the sacred burial ground of their ancestors and...

Between the dry grasslands of the cerrado savanna and the tropical forest of western Brazil lies the valley of the Juruena river, the homeland of the Enawene Nawe. The Mato Grosso state government is building a series of hydroelectric dams upriver of the tribe’s land. The dams threaten the tribe’s forest home, the fish they...