The Indian tribe heavily clad in piercings

These incredible photographs show the lives of the Dongria Kondh tribe who are heavily clad in piercings, smoke cigars and religiously look after the hills and streams on their territory.

Taking their name from dongar, the local word for 'hill', the earth, forests and mountains of Odisha in Eastern India are the tribe's life. 

It is estimated there are around 8,000 in the community, who commit their time to using natural materials from the wildlife that surrounds them to produce rare medicinal remedies. 

The Dongria have distinctive jewellery, tattoos and hairstyles with women wearing beads and a number of hoops pierced through their ears and three through their noses, while boys wear two nose rings. 

The tribe is no soft touch, having stood up to politicians and businessmen in recent years to oppose mining on their land. 

It was estimated $2billion-worth of the precious rock bauxite used in the production of aluminium products, but the Dongor Kongh people argued it would affect their hills and streams and the plans were dropped. 

A tear trickles down the face of this boy who is in the arms of an older woman in the Dongria Kondh - a tribe based in the hills of Odisha in Eastern India

A tear trickles down the face of this boy who is in the arms of an older woman in the Dongria Kondh - a tribe based in the hills of Odisha in Eastern India

A woman smokes herbs, showing off her flamboyant nose ring which is attached by piercings through both nostrils and the septum and decorated with a pink gemstone in the centre

A woman smokes herbs, showing off her flamboyant nose ring which is attached by piercings through both nostrils and the septum and decorated with a pink gemstone in the centre

The 8,000 tribe members rely heavily on harvesting goods taken from the hills and mountains of Odisha and selling them around the area 

The 8,000 tribe members rely heavily on

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