We must embrace tribalisation if our generation is to survive in modern society
There is no doubt that our generation has been weakened, wounded and washed aside by the number of events which have taken place in 2016!
Brexit. The new President-elect. Multiple terror attacks across the world.
Whether you like it or not, you are walking around with the battle wounds from close minded individuals who have demonstrated a cult-like supremacy to rise to positions of power.
The unspoken misconception
Today more than ever, there is a misconception of our generation being this evolutionary force, spiritually, mentally and physically.
Although, as we’ve seen, there is an unspoken division and confusion, not just amongst the Baby Boomers and Generation X, but, us Millennials too.
Now, when you think of tribes or tribal culture, you may think of the outdoors, wars over territory, distinctive face painting or eccentric face and body piercings, you wouldn’t be wrong.
But, it is their unchallengeable unity, that we millennials should embrace in our own ideals if we are to strive for greatness.
Native American, Hopi Tribe
I have researched into many tribes and found two we can look towards who express, unity, spirituality, power, and hope.
This Native American, Hopi Tribe focusing living in peace. The word Hopi means (“The Peaceful People” or “Peaceful Little Ones“). Whilst, the Native American definition of the word means “behaving one, one who is mannered, civilized, peaceable, polite, who adheres to the Hopi way.”
The make-up colours and headdress in throughout this shoot have specific meanings in Native American culture.
- The Red represents faith, beauty, and happiness.
- The Black represents victory and success.
- The Blue represents wisdom and intuition.
- The white line represents, sharing, purity and light.
- The Native American headdress is traditionally worn by the leaders of Native American tribes who have earned great respect in their tribes.
For this shoot, I have crossed between formalwear to represent our current generation and tribal face-painting, which signifies our society finally embracing tribal influences for a better future.
Next week I will introduce you to the African Xhosa Tribe.
Thank you for reading, feel free to message me for further conversations on the topic.
Photographer: Javan Andre
Make-up: Ruby Djordjevic
Creative Direction and Styling: Sulsworld