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Living Tribes

Living Tribes

by Colin Prior (Photographer), Carolyn Fry (Text by)

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A portrait in photographs and text of fifteen uniquely individual tribes that have retained their identity in the face of globalization.


A portrait in photographs and text of fifteen uniquely individual tribes that have retained their identity in the face of globalization.

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Canadian Press - Stephen Thorne
An epic record of 15 tribes around the world struggling to keep their customs, values and heritage alive... a testimony to the richness and diversity of humankind.
Saskatoon Star Phoenix - Bill Robertson
Sumptuous... fascinating.
This is a photographer interested as much in people's common humanity as in the "exotic" trappings of their lives. A great value.
Outdoor Photographer
Stunning photographic portrait of tribal groups.
Books in Canada - Olga Stein
One of my favorites among this year's crop of photography books... With his extraordinary photos Colin Prior brings us the face of contemporary tribal societies. I say 'face' because this is what he so often brilliantly captures — a moment of pride, a wondering expression, a shy smile, and all those other universal qualities which render the photographed subject instantly familiar.
E-Streams - Robert B. Ridinger
Colorful and vivid work by one of Britain's leading photographers.
Children's Literature - Michael Chabin
Any one of the gorgeous photographs in this book would make the reputation of most photographers. Many are masterpieces: the lovely face of a green-eyed Berber girl, bulls fighting at a Toraja (Indonesian) funeral, the portrait of a fierce and weathered Australian Aborigine explaining the mystical and indefinable notion of "Dreamtime." Any of the tribes described in this book warrant a lifetime of study. But this is not a children's book. Consider: "The name Berber is lent to various heterogeneous groups sharing similar cultural, political, and economic practices." That is not the kind of prose to compete with Harry Potter. It is not a reference book either and it does not even have an index. It is a coffee table book designed to be looked at rather than read and that is a pity, because the hard part of a truly wonderful series of children's books has been done. If I had my way someone with an ear for children's prose would research each tribe, interview Colin Prior about the experience of photographing them, and put together books that combined his extraordinary images and perspective with the living voices of his subjects. There could be a book for each tribe and I would be the first customer.
Library Journal
A photographer noted for his panoramic landscapes, Prior (Highland Wilderness: A Photographic Essay of the Scottish Highlands) has compiled a portrait gallery of people from 15 groups in remote corners of the globe who continue to retain their tribal identity despite the pressures of globalization. Most of the groups represented are from Africa and Asia. The word tribe is defined broadly to refer to "communities that remain linked by common practices, clothing, language, religion and customs" and includes such diverse groupings as North African Berber, the Canadian Inuit, and the Australian Aborigines, as well as similar groups such as the African nomadic Maasaii, Turkana, and Samburu. Each group is given a section with an introductory essay, a photograph of the landscape, and pictures of people dressed in traditional clothing and ornaments. Some sections feature only women; others highlight a ceremony or festival. The essays and accompanying annotations give a unique perspective of these peoples by describing some of the current difficulties they face in retaining their traditional customs, such as tourism, population pressures, land allocation, and agricultural practices. This heavily illustrated volume (with 125 color photos) is recommended for public libraries.-Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Firefly Books, Limited
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Meet the Author

Colin Prior is an award-winning photographer whose books include Highland Wilderness and Scotland: The Wild Places.

Carolyn Fry is a writer and editor of Geographica, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society.

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