Where is she I don’t know but is always inspired by her attitude.
“Who cares I have my own life what to do with your allocated definitions and interpretations. Your fucking translation of my outlook doesn’t make me feel anything. I have lots of things to feel and do. Yet I am enjoying my life with my own attire. :)”
I didn’t meet her but always wished to meet her talk to her and feel her heart but anyway I meet other persons from the same group but in different location.
“What are you looking at me. I know you are smartly dressed. I don’t envy you but I feel I am attracted towards your way of life. I don’t have any feeling for you but our God is better than yours.”
Two persons and two attitude. We saw that man in Dailekh district which lies the western part of Nepal. He was leader of Raute community. The leader of Raute is named as ‘Manbahadur’. And we met Manbahadur, 🙂 (above picture). We asked about the number of Rautes but he said that they do not count their family members.According to census held in 2001, Their population is estimated at about 660 persons living in small settlements in the Karnali and Makahali (Kali) watershed regions of western Nepal, but there are probably less than 150 of the still nomadic hunting Raute (from wiki).
They are full-time foragers and do not assimilate into the surrounding farming population. Actually Raute are a nomadic ethnic group officially recognized by the Government of Nepal. They are known especially for their hunting of langur (Semnopithecus sps )and macaque monkeys (Macaca sps) for subsistence. They also gather wild forest tubers, fruits, and greens on a regular basis as their food. They normally do no gardening, farming, or work for others as tenants or wage laborers. To obtain grain, iron, cloth, and jewelry, they trade handmade wooden bowls and boxes to local farmers.
Raute are artist by birth. Their beautiful wooden Kosi(bowls) and boxes are very famous and are in demand. In this ethnic group, the tradition of not doing agriculture, not making permanent settlement and not touching money prevails. But accourding to the need of time and situation they are also changing. They asked us NRS 200 for a photograph haha.
what do you do with that money ?
wai wai khanchau (we eat noodles)
surti khanchu ( we will eat imported cigarette )
chiya khanchu (we will drink milk tea)
hahaha (It clearly reflects the changing livelihood status). We bought the wooden bowls artistically made and gave them some money.
Those who use to fear to go to the town and meet the self claimed civilized person are now easily interacting with the people in the town and bargaining for money and other needs. However, most impressive thing about them is that socialism is very strong in this community and they feel proud on their activities. Every thing they do and earn belongs to the community, and share for community.
To get the photograph of a women of their community is really hard, it needs limited time especial permission from their leader because they usually do not allow other people other than of their community to enter into their community territory, the image of above is from the photograph showed in Photo Kathmandu exhibition taken by Kishor Sharma @ . Only the males go out of the community, female are the home makers.
All over the world, hunter-gatherer societies are disappearing and may be similar fate awaits Nepal’s Raute. Raute use to say :”We are the King of Jungle”, “We would love to die rather than giving up our Nomadic Life“. I am in doubt if they still have the attitude of an emperor and are they still the king of jungle!.
A gift for my readers 🙂