Stunning photos of the vanishing tribes of Vietnam

Vietnam Tribes Ethnie Black Lo LoRéhahn CroquevielleA little girl from the Black Lo Lo tribe.

There are a total of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

French photographer Réhahn has photographed 40 of them so far, and is planning to document all of them.

The portraits he’s captured provide a glimpse into the vanishing cultures of people who are striving to hold onto their heritage in a rapidly-changing world.

Keep scrolling to see breathtaking photos of some of Vietnam’s most remote tribes.

Réhahn has been photographing the people of Vietnam's tribes for the past five years.

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Although he's originally from France, Réhahn currently lives with his family in Hội An, in central Vietnam.

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He refers to this project -- the Precious Heritage Collection -- as his most significant.

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Documenting the tribes is no easy task.

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Réhahn predicts he'll need two more years to finish photographing the remaining 14 tribes of the country that he hasn't seen yet.

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The photographer says that sometimes it takes him two days just to find the village of a tribe.

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He explains the villages are often lost in the mountains, and there's no existing information -- in English or Vietnamese -- about how and where to find them.

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Once he reaches a tribe, Réhahn spends time listening to the elders' stories and capturing where they live.

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He says their eyes light up when they show their traditional dress and talk about their culture.

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At the same time, the elders are sad because the pride they feel for their heritage is not present in the younger people of the tribe.

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Most young people seem to have no intention of keeping the culture they came from alive.

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This is part of the reason the tribes are vanishing so quickly.

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It's also what inspired Réhahn to set out and capture these tribes and their way of life.

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The photographer hopes to spread awareness about these unique people.

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He says that so many people are completely oblivious to the fact that entire cultures are dying around them.

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'It's as if a part of cultural history is going to sleep forever and no one seems to be doing anything to wake it up.'

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For example, there are only 397 people of the Brâu tribe left in the country.

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This 78-year-old woman is the last remaining person in Vietnam who still makes the traditional costume of the Ơ Ðu tribe. There are only about 500 Ơ Ðu members left in the world.

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Réhahn says that while most minorities he meets are immensely proud of their culture...

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... there are those -- both young and old -- who don't value their heritage.

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Some are even willing to abandon it completely.

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Réhahn hopes to become a voice for the people of these tribes, as well as a mirror.

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The photographer feels that if these people see their culture through someone else's lens, it might help them to grasp the importance of it.

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'We know that we often have to look back before we can move forward and how wonderful it would be to remind people of the beauty of their unique cultural legacy.'

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Throughout his project, Réhahn has also been collecting the traditional costumes of these tribes.

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His goal is to build a cultural ethnic museum in Hội An and display his photos, the costumes, and these people's stories.

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Eventually he hopes to bring his exhibition to galleries around the world.

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