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As rapid globalization and digitization heralds the end of many of these tribes and their traditional ways of life, Nelson said he felt compelled to document the final gasps of these remote cultures.

“In the very near future, they will all have smartphones,” he explained. “The world is quickly becoming homogenous, and this change is happening at breakneck speed.”

“In all this homogeneity, people no longer think that their ethnicity and authenticity is valuable. They think what’s valuable is what they see here,” he said, gesturing to the many indistinguishable laptops that sat on almost every table in the crowded cafe before pointing to his heart, “and not in here. read more

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