Thursday, November 05, 2009

Tribal Cultures in South Asia

Rare images showing rituals, festivals and everyday life for isolated tribes in the Himalayas are to be preserved online by JISC and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Highlights include the the shaman-led rituals and acrobatics of the Apatani tribe. These extraordinary moments were photographed by a professor of anthropology at SOAS, Christoph von F├╝rer-Haimendorf (1909-1995), who studied tribal cultures in South Asia and the Himalayas from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. His photographic collection consists of more than 20,000 images of which approximately half, from India and Nepal, are now online for people to browse, download and use non-commercially free of charge.
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