Wow! These tribes are dwindling, but at the same time, it’s part of the culture we admire so much. It is our roots that we wish to get back to as off-gridders.
Perhaps not to live without technology, but without the crushing debt and time constraints we have living in a 9-5 world. This stunning look at tribal people from around the world gives one a perspective that is unmatched. It’s both sad and uplifting.
As we enter into a new age of technology and information, we must remember our roots, lest we are doomed to go extinct ourselves. Many folks in the off grid “green movement” forget that the lives we propose to live is nothing new.
It is simply a way for us to regain our independence, shed our materialism and get back in touch with who we are as human beings.
That is, I think, the single biggest reason I personally strive for an off grid lifestyle.
To become more in tune with nature, break the chains of bondage created by debt, and free my child from the slavery that is living in a world dictated by corporatism. I want my child to remember the past, live for the present, and not worry about her future.
Living off the grid I believe wholeheartedly will help provide that. The philosophy behind the off grid movement is powerful.
It comes from a deeply human and primal urge to be free. To live your life the way you see fit, without the burdens imposed by those who think you should live a certain way.
These peoples know.
They have their ways, as diverse as they are, the commonality, the core motivation is very human.
This series of images from photographer Jimmy Nelson gives us a stunning look into the lives of native tribes from all over the world. We all share these common traits. We’re all human. We all live our lives to be free. That is the heart and soul of what it means to live off grid.
Photography by Jimmy Nelson: “…Jimmy Nelson (Sevenoaks, Kent, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot. The journey lasted a year and upon his return his unique visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim…”
The images above are from Jimmy Nelson’s book Before They Pass Away