Maori of New Zealand

The Maoris are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They have settled in New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island. The Maoris today constitute 15% of the total population of New Zealand and 90% of the Maoris live in North island. Eventually the Maori population declined considerably due to the war and the diseases they encountered from travelers.  A prominent feature of Maori culture is the full faced tattoos or moko. Today the Moko still lives on as the Maoris consciously get the tattoo done in an effort to preserve their culture and connect with their identity.

Sentinelese Tribe of Andaman Nicobar Islands, India

The Sentinelese tribe located in the Bay of Bengal in the North Sentinel Island is supposed to have existed for about 60,000 years and has managed to stay away from any human contact. Sentinelese wear leaves, fiber strings or similar material as decorations. There are no signs of agriculture and most of their tools and weapons are made from stone and animal bones. After the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, there was a fear that the Sentinelese may have been wiped out, however they appear to have survived the calamity.

The Korowai Tribe, Indonesia

The Korowai live in southeastern Papua. They are hunter-gatherers and horticulturalists who practice shifting cultivation. They have excellent hunting and fishing skills.  The Korowai are a cannibalistic tribe. However, the killing and eating of khakhua is declining as there is growing ambivalence about the practice and partly in reaction to several incidents with police.


The Maasai Tribes, Kenya

The Maasai are found in Northern Kenya and Southern Tanzania. This group of formidable warriors winning conquests and resisting slavery are a tall tribe, wearing mostly red capes, smearing their head red with ochre (a pigment), and carrying spears. They speak a language called Maa. The Maasai excel in designing jewelry. They decorate their bodies with tattoos, shaven heads, and hair styling with ochre and sheep's fat, which they also smear on their bodies. The tribe faces issues of encroachment on their lands and constant need and threat to amalgamate in the mainstream.


Mascho-Piro Tribe, Amazon forest

The Peruvian tribe of the Amazonian forest have lived in isolation for the last 600 years. They live in Manú National Park in the Madre de Dios Region in Peru and have avoided interaction with non-natives and other humans till 2011.  The Mascho-Piros are nomads and move across the rainforest depending on the season. The tribe has now come forward to protect their people, as their existence has been threatened by illegal miners, and drug traffickers in the area.