"Unbreakable" - project photographer Phil Borges

American photographer Phil Borges has more than thirty years of traveling the world and relieves small people - such as Tibetans, Indonesia and Africa. About each person it collects the minimum information. Get interesting sketches from life, describing customs. Where fun than simple images, which is only known where it was filmed.

His project about the lives of little-known tribes I have called "Unbreakable." They survive. And we live in.
Gabo, 60, Goiti, 4. Turmi, Ethiopia.

Gabo helping his granddaughter to collect firewood. The girl's mother, after his father died of malaria, has the right to remarry. In the meantime, she, like many other women, collects grass for food, tending the goats, chopping wood for the Hamar tribe. Gabo's widow also helps members of the community. Everyone is doing their job, so as not to die of hunger.

Aldo, 10, ERPI, 7, Rosie 7. Tana Toraga, Indonesia.

Aldo and his friends every morning buffalo bathed in the river. When he was 8, he began to bear the responsibilities of a shepherd. Each buffalo costs $ 800, and it's almost a third of the property of parents. Both buffalo are killed at the funeral of his uncle Aldo. Funeral postponed, although the person is no longer alive two months, as is the collection of rice. You can not mix the rites of death and life.

Bazian, 6, Tunka, Ethiopia.

Bazian - baby, the youngest in a family of six children. The boys live with their mother and three sisters in a small village. My father got a job the police in another town, and then threw the woman with six children to fend for themselves for a new passion. My mother struggled to feed their children, and to pay their school fees. Talk about school and the garden make children genuine delight: it is clear that for them it is a great happiness to somehow diversify his life. Tribe ban.

Agin, 27. Mursi Hills, Ethiopia.

Agin, a warrior tribe Mursi, unique indigenous Ethiopia, which adorns its body ugly in terms of the patterns of the white man. The lens does not look as it believes that this will lead to blindness. The scars on his hands - it is implanted under the skin of the larva of insects that produce mummified extract the same die. Every scar - the mark of the slain enemy. And eaten. Mursi tribe.

Kalima, 22, Algo, 3. Murillo, Ethiopia.

All day Kalima and his son worked in a cornfield. Soon there will be a drought, and the tribe most likely doomed to perdition. This year, enough to eat, but "the gods are angry," and no one knows what to do in the next year. A total of 500 people survived the tribe. And not the fact that the others will survive. Karo tribe.

Dulo, 12, Oita, 13. Turmi, Ethiopia.

Barrel Oita and made up for the ceremony Bull. Naked men of the tribe should be run on the backs of 30 oxen to be dedicated to the soldiers. Hamar tribe.

I gave them some money for them to take pictures. Boys seriously, as adults, have divided among themselves all the coins and tribesmen, who at the time was near. I was touched by this amazing generosity.

Sini, 5. Ebor, Ethiopia.

Sini tribe Ebor from morning to evening collecting sorghum. When I asked him and his friends to be photographed, they stood in a row, but when I start to take photos as there was a crashing device and children fled in terror. Poor things, they thought I came to shoot them, as do the soldiers from a neighboring tribe Hamar.

Scab, 4, Suma 8. Marilia, Ethiopia.

The children gather corn. Because of the drought, the harvest is small, and the main concern of these two - to see to it that children are not attacked by baboons. Hungry animals steal food people and even steal babies in their monkey tribe. Karo tribe.

Naye, 9. Omorate, Ethiopia.

Naye family lives in the flood plain of the river Omo. They found a lot of hungry crocodiles. When I went to fetch water, Naye frightened screamed and hit on the head with a lurking crocodile. I saved my life. Then he had long interfered with the water stems of some grasses until the mud settled. Now, the water can be drunk. Galeb tribe.

Naro, 16, Sirba, 14 Ebor, Ethiopia.

Girls tribe Ebor nalyso shave, which means that she is not yet married. They had to go, but once: it is necessary to feed the family, to care for his ailing grandmother. Once she recovers, the girls will be given in marriage.

Dobo, 15. Turmi, Ethiopia.

Amazing the difference of opinion. I wanted to take a picture of the girl from Hamar tribe, and my escort said in surprise: "But why? She's incredibly ugly !!! Too thin, too high. She should be thick and low. " To me it seemed very nice.

Rudy 7. Tana Toraja, Ethiopia.

Rudy came home from school, took me into the house, the only one in the village, which has a TV. Villagers gather there in the evenings and watch the transmission. Showed the fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Rudy looked so strange to me that I thought, "What do these people of my tribe, about our culture at all?" In their village no one fights, all live together and help each other, whatever they may be.

Yoni, 8, Zetina, 12. Pit River, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

Two brothers will never go to school. They belong to the tribe of the fewer and Loni are Indonesian immigrants. Because of prejudice and racial discrimination boys are doomed to lives of ordinary farmers and, literally, collectors grazing. They are not guaranteed, even shelter and clothing.

Elias Vesagalep, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

Elias is the strongest warrior in the tribe tribute. His wife is expecting a baby, and he is at war with the neighboring tribe of the right to harvest the coconuts in the jungle. So far, their tribe, and Elias won just go for the coconut for dinner to his family. His body isperescheno scars from arrows and spears.

Echuca, 24, Eragai 21. Baraga, Kenya.

Echuca Eragay and friends. They quietly tolerate heat up to 50 degrees. We walked through the desert of salt for camels and goats, they're not even sweating. And I constantly drank water. They laughed and called me a fish.

At the head Eragay four shells, the memory of the four miscarriages. This "decoration" will she wear life. Turkana tribe.

Oriena, 34 blue, 1, 5 years. Lesiri Kahn, Kenya.

Before the wedding, the girl made genital mutilation, so she could not take satisfaction in marriage. Terrible practice recently been banned by the government in the developed world, the financing of the nurses at the government, which issued antobiotiki patients stopped. Oriena she worked a nurse. And now out of work. Feed her husband.

Nyasuners, 7 Ndoto, Kenya.

Girl and grandmother walked 12 miles to get water at a single borehole depth of 60 feet. More water in the village at all. Every week someone from the Samburu tribe goes to the well to fetch water for all members of the community.

Yarim, 10, Pu-Kam, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

Yarim playing football with his friends. The ball is made from vines wrapped in palm leaves. Soon it was time to go to school. To look decent, the boys put on the genitals Kateka - duct pumpkin stems. These are the rules of decency, a kind of clothing for men. The longer Kateka, the higher the social status of men in the family. Dani tribe.

Elena, 29, Sumpaima, Irian Jaya. Indonesia.

Younger sister Helen died of malaria, and in a sign of mourning Elena smears his body with mud. This is done, that the spirits are not angry with the living. Now Elena would have to do so for life if she does not want to anger the fate and die, too. Dani tribe.

Sukulov, 37, Mount Naira in Kenya.

Even as a young girl Sukulov discovered her gift of foresight. She predicted that sometime in the tribe come strange white man. They found me. I myself believed her, much too mysteriously appears.

Michelle, 46, Roberto, 48. Hueukilla, El Alto, Mexico.

Huichol Indians worked all his life on a tobacco plantation. Michelle due to exposure to pesticides is constantly a headache. Now they are trying to carry their work from beads to the Center of Cultural Survival, which was created for endangered tribes that migrants could do this and make a living.

William powwow, 41. Lewiston, Idaho.

William from South Dakota, a shaman and dancer, drummer. He dances with 18 and is connected to the spirit world. Who is dancing in the association "Four of the nation" in Idaho. They are paid a living enough.

Lourdes, 9, Benin, 18 months. Villouk, Peru.

Lourdes gets up at five in the morning to take the cows up the mountain before the start of school. On the way back, driving the cows, it helps with the housework and late at night doing homework. Before school to go 4, 5 kilometers along the cliffs and ledges. While she taught in her native language Quechua, but a year later will have to learn Spanish, because for Indians simply do not have a high school. Many children drop out of school because no one is trying to help them learn a new language for them.

Dimisiya 7. Chahuatire, Peru.

Mom Dimisii organized a unique service in the village tour. She works as a guide receives from tourists coming to Machu Picchu, a small fee. A Dimisiya dragging bags of tourists, sometimes up to 20 kg weight. For this service to pay separately - $ 3.

Yangchan 5. Shay Ladakh, India.

Yangchan with her mother and sister go to the temple of the Buddha to bring an offering and ask for a better life. Ask them in a Tibetan temple, in which more remains of the culture of Tibet than inside Tibet.

Pao, 79, Sappong, Thailand.

Pao refugee working on opium poppy plantations in Thailand. She works for the food and feed it bugs and frogs.

The woman offered me a delicacy: a bowl of cooked fatty beetles. I politely nibbled one and set aside. It's her daily diet. Pao lives all alone in a fragile bamboo hut.

Cyril. Ollantaytambo, Peru.

She had not seen anything in my life, except potatoes. When I met her, she fingered the seed potatoes, together with their grandchildren. She is confident that she was born in a potato field, and nothing else in life does not exist. On the wall in her hut hangs ax. They woman chopping wood to heat the oven.

Phil made a few interesting projects on the life of the monks in Tibet, about the world and enthusiastic people with paranormal abilities. More photos and information can be seen on his website philborges.com


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