People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70’s

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The Nuba people are various indigenous ethnic groups who inhabit the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan state in Sudan.

The Nuba people are primarily farmers, as well as herders who keep cattle, chickens, and other domestic animals.

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

From the early 1960s, a German by name Leni Riefenstahl began traveling frequently to the African continent, where she worked on various film and photo projects for the next half century. Her favorite place to visit was Sudan, there she lived and photographed the people of the tribe, learned their language and became their friend. The Nuba are a peaceful tribe, they welcomed Riefenstahl as one of their own. Riefenstahl considered her time in Africa to be the happiest part of her life.

Below are some of the pictures she took.

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

Among the customs of the noob, what surprised the German woman the most was the way of choosing a groom. Women take the initiative, they are the ones who decide what kind of man they want to live with. To make a choice, the girls dance a long ritual dance, and then they come up to the guy they like and put their foot on his shoulder.

Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

A lady placing her leg on a man’s shoulder is a sign that the choice has been made and the couple may leave.

To become a full-fledged husband, a man has a difficult task: he must build a house for his future wife. Until then, he will live with the shepherds. When the apartments are completed, the new family will moves in together.

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

The Nuba people reside in the foothills of the Nuba Mountains. Villages consist of family compounds, and the men’s (Holua) in which unmarried men sleep.

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People of the Nuba Tribe

A distinctive characteristic of the Nubas is their passion for athletic competition, particularly traditional wrestling. The strongest young men of a community compete with athletes from other villages for the chance to promote their personal and their village’s pride and strength

Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan
Leni Riefenstahl taking some up close and personal pictures of some warriors

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

People of the Nuba Tribe: Astonishing Images of the Nuba Peoples of Sudan taken in the 70's

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  1. Leni Riefenstahl who lived to be 101, lived as probably one of the most amazing gifted pioneer photographers of the with and 21st Century. As a film maker in a Germany that had turned into a monster; then as a pictorial compiler of a tribe as remote from Germany as another planet could be, depicting a civilization in its decline and eventual distinction and then in her 80’s she took on deep sea diving and photography, exploring yet another foreign environment. She was made of the same “stuff” as Alexandra David Niel who walked and explored 20,000 kilometers of Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and China in the early days before the two great World Wars. They both had an obsession, both had a devoted “side-kick”, a “man-child” devoted and indispensable to them, and had experienced more than a few generations of ordinary people. Of course, many would mock them but only to hide the shame of their own pathetic lives.

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