Cultures on the Edge

Steve McCurry's Blog

Vanishing People, Vanishing Livelihoods

Rabari Shepherd, Rajasthan, India, 2009 Rabari Shepherd, Rajasthan, India, 2009

Since the beginning of time, nomads have roamed the world and have been an essential part of economic and cultural activity around the globe.

Ladakh, India, 2008 Ladakh, India, 2008

Nomad boy Tibet, 1999 Nomad boy Tibet, 1999

South Asia has the world’s largest nomadic population.

Tibet, 2008 Tibet, 2008

Tibet, 2001 Tibet, 2001

Nomad Girl, Rajasthan, India, 2009 Nomad Girl, Rajasthan, India, 2009

In India, there are more than 500 nomadic groups, roughly 80 million people, but every day their traditional ways of life are disappearing.

Lhasa, Tibet, 1999 Lhasa, Tibet, 1999

Tibet, 2001 Nomad Children, Tibet, 2001

The diversity of the livelihoods of each of these nomadic communities is staggering.  Each one fills a particular socio-economic niche, fulfilling a specific need of village or sedentary communities.

Srinagar, Kashmir, 1995 Kuchi Shepard, Srinagar, Kashmir, 1995

Lhasa, Tibet, 2000 Lhasa, Tibet, 2000

Rabari woman, Rajasthan, India, 2010 Rabari Woman, Rajasthan, India, 2010

The Kuchis of Afghanistan have to travel long distances to avoid drought, dust storms, and wars. They are about 10% of…

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