There are many tribal people from all over the world, who are fighting against the incursion of the modern society, which tend to disrespect their rights and way of living. A few indigenous cultures seem to be losing in the fight as they are gradually facing extinction. Some of the fascinating ones are highlighted below.
Cultures that are on the verge of extinction
The Korowai are from the southeastern Papua in Indonesia. They are well known for their cannibalism and living in tree houses. You can find an entire family of up to 8 people living in a wooden house that is constructed up to 40 feet above the ground, on trees. The reason as to why they live on the trees is to avoid the superstitious attacks by walking corpses and make witches when it gets dark. They define time by the number of houses that someone has lived in. One house usually lasts for approximately one year. The time of a specific house came with special events such as birth, marriage, death, and killing among others. A series of such events is what constitutes an era. The lifestyle and lack of proper medication make the Korowai die at middle ages. Currently, about 3,000 members of the tribe are left.
The Samburu are a nomadic community found in the semi-arid parts of northern Kenya. They rely on livestock as their only source of food. The intense drought that has been hitting the region in current times is threatening their kind of livelihood. The livestock is dying at an alarming rate due to starvation and dehydration. There is also a major conflict between the Samburu tribe and the government over land, which happens to be a national park. The conflict is also forcing them to relocate and start different types of lifestyles. The culture is likely to die out completely within the next generation.
The Kalahari Desert in Botswana is where the San enjoyed their hunting and gathering lifestyle, until recently when the Botswana government evicted them to conserve the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Bushmen were forced to resettle in camps with cattle and goats as herders, a new type of lifestyle for them that they do not understand. The few who won a case against the government were allowed to return to the desert but disallowed to hunt. Given that they were hunters, their way of life was destroyed, which threatens the extinction of their culture.…