Hadza Hunter-Gatherer Boy, Tanzania

The Hadza live in the Central Rift Valley.  They have no written language, no permanent homes, no calendars.  They still hunt and gather to survive.  They also now survive by showing tourists how to hunt and gather too.  Photo © Nathan Ward.

Eating Baboon Meat, Tanzania

When we came across this group of Hadza women and children, they were just finishing a fire roasted baboon. They generously offered us the crushed skull with half the brains. Photo © Nathan Ward.

Hadza Woman with Tattoos & Scarring, Tanzania

Sitting next to a corral of Acadia thorns, this heavily-tattoed woman serenely watched young blacksmiths at work in the dust. Photo © Nathan Ward.

Hunter-Gatherer Feet, Tanzania

If you don't wear shoes for the rest of your life, it's still unlikely you will develop iron feet like these Hadza feet.  Photo © Nathan Ward.

Hadza Honey Hunter, Tanzania

This Hadza man followed an ant trail to a tree and then chopped into it with his machete.  There in the center of the tree was a ball of sweet ant honey.  Everyone dug their fingers in for a sweet natural treat. Photo © Nathan Ward.

Datoga Girl at Home, Tanzania

Two tribes live near Lake Eyasi in the Central Rift Valley, the Datoga and the Hadza.  The Datoga are a blacksmithing tribe that make arrowheads for hunting animals like Vervet monkeys and baboons.  Photo © Nathan Ward.

Lake Eyasi Drought, Central Rift Valley

Driving to Lake Eyasi, the land looked devastated by drought.  Everything was covered in a thick layer of  brown dust.  It looked desolate.  When we reached Lake Eyasi in the Central Rift Valley of Tanzania, it was almost totally dry.  Photo © Nathan Ward.

Hadza Fire Starter, Tanzania

This Hadza man shredded some plants, stuck flint to steel and started this fire in about the same time it would have taken me to pull a lighter out of my pack. Photo © Nathan Ward.