Slideshow | The astonishing skills of the world’s tribal peoples – Tribal Olympians by Survival International

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To celebrate the 2012 Olympics, Survival reveals some of the astonishing skills of the world’s tribal peoples, from the Awá archers of the Amazon to the Bajau divers of Borneo and the Tarahumara long-distance runners of northwestern Mexico.

The astonishing skills of tribal peoples are not only a measure of just how swift, high and strong we can be as humans – where our physical and mental limits lie – but an indicator of the extraordinary diversity of mankind. […]

As the western world becomes increasingly homogenised, sedentary and divorced from nature, we can all learn from tribal peoples. They have thrived for thousands of generations relying solely on their own resources, and their ways of life are still largely sculpted by their natural environments. […]

Source: “Tribal Olympians” by Joanna Eede, Survival International
Address: https://www.survivalinternational.org/galleries/olympians
Date Visited: 12 February 2023

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