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Photo by aaron huey @argonautphoto | grand gulch, in #bearsearsnationalmonument, utah. this winding canyon, cut through 60 miles of slick rock on cedar mesa, has been the home to the ancestral pueblo people (and the archaic people who roamed the land before them) for thousands of years and still contains many of their homes, kivas, and granaries. concentrations were especially high in the basketmaker period starting in 500 bce. to see the rock art left behind, and to hear interpretations of the stories they still tell today follow @argonautphoto .

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Photo by david chancellor @chancellordavid in the omo river valley, ethiopia - to see more work and projects follow me @chancellordavid @thephotosociety @natgeo #ethiopia #omo #tribes @everydayextinction

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Photo by @renan_ozturk | the magic about nepal isn’t always about the himalayas, the glory of the highest peaks on earth. often it’s in the quite hillside moments in between. #nepaliloveyou join me @renan_ozturk for more images from nepal.

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Photo by @chamiltonjames words by @chrisfagan_uac | jorge is chief of the chitonahua tribe, one of several indigenous tribes in peru considered in initial contact with the outside world. his eye was shot out by a logger when jorge and his dad tried to raid a logging camp for machetes and other items in the mid 1990’s. they escaped, but soon after were hunted down by the loggers aided by guides from another indigenous tribe. approximately 15 chitonahua were captured and forced to leave the forest interior and relocate to a village on the yurua river where they live today. despite being contacted over 20 years ago, the chitonahua still struggle to assimilate into modern society. this includes earning money to purchase salt, medicine, clothing and other items they now depend on. however, compared to many other tribes in initial contact in peru, the chitonahua are doing relatively well. they have an impressive garden of vegetables, fruit trees and medicinal plants and recently won a government sponsored competition among local villages for raising domesticated animals. perhaps most importantly, the children attend school nearby and speak fluent spanish. shot for the peru part of our october issue on the amazon’s isolated tribes. check out the link in @chrisfagan_uac profile for more information on tribes in initial contact like the chitonahua.

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Photo by @renaeffendiphoto | vasile has been a shepherd since the age of nine. he has never been able to afford his own flock, and is constantly on the move—a reason, he says, that women have always left him. in transylvania and other remote areas of romania, many people farm on a small scale, in ways unchanged for centuries. their farms have among the lowest yields in europe, but also some of the highest levels of self-sufficiency. lack of money and suspicion of unfamiliar methods mean that few chemicals and artificial fertilizers are used. but in the past decade, many have abandoned their farms for at least part of the year to work in cities abroad. romania’s 2007 entry into the european union also threatened this traditional way of life, as farmers cannot compete with european imports, and the small size of farms means they are not eligible for eu subsidies. for more human interest stories around the globe please #followme @renaeffendiphoto
#shepherd #agriculture #dailylife #romania #culture #tradition #europe

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | it was already among the most dangerous commutes on earth. to make the 600-mile journey from agadez, an ancient nigerien caravan city that has grown into africa’s most notorious human-smuggling hub, across the sahara to libya was to risk death at the hands of bandits, terrorists, and the elements. then in 2015 the journey became even more perilous. “the army started hunting us,” says adji, who at 32 had been ferrying migrants to libya for nearly 15 years. “they are even shooting at our trucks.” i photographed the eu-funded crackdown on niger’s smuggling industry as part of a special investigation led by @tymccormick5 and published in @foreignpolicymag last year. this series ‘my smuggler, my savior’ explores the complicated role these men play in the lives of those attempting the journey to europe. they’re migrants’ only chance of making it safely across the sahara. they’re also outlaws engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with niger’s military. adji’s truck was hijacked by bandits in 2016 as he traveled along a new and more dangerous route to libya. he barely survived, walking for miles in the desert before stumbling across another migrant caravan. for the sake of his wife and children, adji says he has left the trade, but those who are still willing to make the trip can expect profits even bigger than before. #migration #europe #niger

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Photo by @ronan_donovan | a storm builds over church rock in new mexico's red rock state park. my church has always been a place without walls. raised in rural vermont, my parents never forced a man-made theology upon my brother and i. instead, they allowed us to experience the physical world that wasn’t created by man. the thunder, the cold winters, the spotted salamanders, the spring peepers, the night sky, the goldfinches, ravens, evening grosbeaks, ruby-throated hummingbirds, the taste of wild blackberries, summer squash from the garden, and countless other life experiences that cannot be had indoors. if i worship any one thing, it would be the sun for it brings life to all things on earth. i feel its warmth on my face, i long for its return in winter, i know its wrath when i expose my skin too it’s rays for too long, and i see the life it brings all over the world with my own eyes. i believe in what i see and what feels real to me. i worship healthy ecosystems because they bring life to us all. where is your church?

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Photo by aaron huey @argonautphoto | sunset at an unnamed granary in #bearsearsnationalmonument, utah, shot on assignment for our current cover story. these structures, built by the ancestral pueblo people (often, and inappropriately, called the anasazi), most likely date between 700-1250ce. by 700 there was a strong dependence on corn as a food source in the cedar mesa area as well as beans and squash. to survive long droughts these foods would have been stored in massive quantities to last several years in these cliffside granaries. hear octavius seowtewa, the leader of the galaxy medicine society of the zuni people (descendants of the ancestral puebloans of the bears ears region) describe these storehouses by following @argonautphoto and his ig story today. #bearsearsnationalmonument

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Photo by @tasneemalsultan | we were engaged and had signed the legal papers to celebrate the marriage after graduation...but, i found him cheating with his friend's wife. for some reason i felt ashamed, so i kept the reason behind our separation to ourselves. i remember sitting in front of the judge waiting for the finalized divorce papers whilst the judge looked at me disapprovingly and said: “had you been a better wife and stuck to looking after your home and husband you wouldn’t be here today”. the judge asked that we go seek counseling first...#sauditalesoflove #saudiarabia #saudiwomen #marriage #love #divorce

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Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio | territorially part of yemen, socotra (arabic: سُقُطْرَى‎ suquṭra), is an archipelago of four islands located in the arabian sea. as a consequence of its isolation, the island is home to a high number of endemic species; up to a third of its plant life is endemic. it has been described as ""the most alien-looking place on earth”. in the dragon's blood tree forest at diksam. an hour long exposure. the dragon blood tree (dracaena cinnabari) has a unique and strange appearance, with an ""upturned, densely packed crown"". this evergreen species is named after its dark red resin, which is known as ""dragon's blood"". the trees have long been harvested for their resin, highly prized in the ancient world and still used today. socotrans use it ornamentally as well as for dying wool, as a glue, and a breath freshener. because of the belief that it is the blood of the dragon it is also used in ritual magic and alchemy. human activities have greatly reduced the tree's population through overgrazing, and feeding the flowers and fruits to livestock. one of the species' greatest threats is the gradual dessication of the archipelago.

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Photo by juan arredondo @juanarre | buenaventura, valle del cauca, colombia. members of the wounaan indigenous group took shelter at a local school in the city of buenaventura.
66 families made the four-hour journey by boat to seek assistance after being forcibly displaced by c*****e trafficking groups and illegal armed groups battling to take control of this country's region.
a peace accord singed in 2016 has ended the 53 years flight with largest rebel group farc but previous controlled areas by this group are now the target of emerging illegal groups in a race to control the drug trade. these are some of the new challenges this hopeful currently nation face.
#internallydisplaced #colombia #postconflictchallenges

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Photo by michael yamashita @yamashitaphoto | mesmerized by the emerald waters of tibetan high altitude lakes, siling tso is the highest in the world at 17,670 ft, and the second largest in tibet. so striking in contrast to monochrome grasslands. these lakes, often salt water, have a mineral content that gives them the green glow. people believe the lakes have spirits and therefore are worshiped by doing kora. the water is not used for anything - not fishing, bathing, boating or washing. just there to be looked at and admired. #zhongba #xigaze #changtangplateau #tibet

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