The highlander tribes in the northeast of Cambodia have lost their battle – even though there are Highlander Associations and diverse NGOs trying to do their best to protect them from land-grabbing.
“First comes the road, then goes the trees” – that’s what they say.
Most of the sacred forest is gone
HUnter coming back from the jungle
shamanistic sign, to help someone to get well again
Big containers for rice wine
storage for seeds
simple light fixture
The highlanders sign for “no entry”
Smoking and drinking is the main reason for early death
Getting his bow going
Mostly the arrows are poisoned with a mixture of things
Widowed women with no children are left behind
Mointain rice is grown on slash and burn fields
Everyone keeps their favorite “mug” in the waterhouse. The calabasses are precious.
The way the baskets are woven shows which tribe people are from
all huts have childrens drawings on them
The amount of knives show how many women live in the household – only women cut gras
Chicken house – high up to not be reached by rats and snakes
Seeds for next years
Wild boar bones are kept as trophys
One of the last bow makers
Blood and hair of killed animals are kept on the bow – out of respect
all the sacred forest will be gone soon – north east Cambodias beauty is fast to disappear
ethnic minorities now work for the landowners – who took their indigenous land away. No paper – no rights.
Making rice wine
The Banana God need to have his place in every Village. Its like a crucifix in every village in Bavaria. it must be there.
Spirit house – it is important to give them a home
dried and fried fish
mountain rice is steamed, not cooked
Hair is getting washed with rice water – no detergents
local made comb from bamboo.
Boy house next to a girl house. With puberty children move here.
Hunter and his dog.
Indian sales man travels to the far away villages to sell clothes
no more bow hunting
Grave guards of the Tampuan people
Tampuan graves are never visited after the funeral – they just fall apart
Grave with airplane – the deceased liked planes
Always one male and one female guard at the grave, symbolizing the partnership
30 kilometers away from the villages: Banlung – Ratanakiris capital
Local TV crew at Banlung market
Beauty is everywhere at the local market – women come and shop and get their personal maintenance done
Highlanders sell their eatable flowers at the big market
One of the last original houses
Old people are often left by themselves – this man only eats rice
Ghost catcher above an entrance
When animals are hunted, the family makes an offering with these selfmade straw animals – to keep the spirits alive
rice wine container with long bamboo straws
Left overs from the war: bullets. Now used as good luck charms