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A suite of 6 original mixed media portraits each depicting an individual from a tribe or cultural community in danger of being wiped out.
1. Nuxalk (Bella Coola, Canada)
The Nuxalk people are an Indigenous First Nation living in the Bella Coola area in British Columbia, Canada. The Nuxalk people have long stood by their sovereignty and have never ceded, sold, surrendered, nor lost traditional lands through act of war or by treaty. Current Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) population estimates indicate a total Nuxalk population of approximately 1400 with nearly 900 of those living on the Nuxalk reserve in Bella Coola.
2. Awá-Guajá (Brazil)
The Awá or Guajá are an endangered group of people living in the eastern Amazon forests of Brazil. There are approximately 350 members, 100 of them having no contact with the outside modern world. Originally living in settlements, they adopted a nomadic lifestyle around 1800 to escape encounters with European incursions. During the 19th century, they came under increasing attack by settlers in the region, who cleared most of the forests from their land. From the mid-1980s onward, some Awá moved to government-established settlements, but for the most part they were able to maintain their traditional way of life.
3. Dukha (Mongolia)
The Dukha are a small Tuvan Turkic community of reindeer herders living in northern Khövsgöl Aimag of Mongolia. The name Tsaatan, in fact means ‘those who have reindeer’ in Mongolian. Originally from across the border in what is now Tuva Republic of Russia, the Dukha are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world with as little as 40 families living traditionally. Dukha language is an endangered Turkic variety spoken by approximately five hundred people in the Tsagaan-Nuur County of the Khövsgöl region of northern Mongolia.
4. Wallowa Band (Native America)
A Native American tribe indigenous to the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon, United States. The band were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in the Wallowa Valley by the United States federal government and forced to move northeast, onto the significantly reduced reservation in Lapwai, Idaho Territory. A series of events that culminated in episodes of violence led those Nez Perce who resisted removal, including Joseph's band and an allied band of the Palouse tribe, to take flight to attempt to reach political asylum, ultimately with the Lakota led by Sitting Bull, who had sought refuge in Canada.
5. Kalash (Pakistan) – Female With Hat
The Kalash are an indigenous people primarily in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. They speak the Kalasha language, from the Dardic family of the Indo-Aryan branch. They are considered unique among the peoples of Pakistan. They are also considered to be Pakistan's smallest religious community.
6. Andamanese (India)
The Andamanese people are the aboriginal inhabitants of the Andaman Islands, a Union Territory of India located in the southeastern part of the Bay of Bengal. They lead a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and appear to have lived in substantial isolation for thousands of years. The Andamanese arrived at the Andaman Islands around the latest Glacial Maximum, ca. 26,000 years ago.
By the end of the 18th century, when they first came into sustained contact with outsiders, there were an estimated 7,000 Andamanese divided into five major groups, with distinct cultures, separate territories and mutually unintelligible languages. Over the next century, they were largely wiped out by diseases, violence and loss of territory. Today, there remain only approximately 400–450 Andamanese. One group has long been extinct, and only two of the remaining groups still maintain a steadfast independence, refusing most attempts at contact by outsiders.