Rautes interacting with Civilization
Guys,The Rautes are a nomadic tribe who live around the forest area in Western Nepal. I found an interesting video report on them:
A villager asks a Raute: You people live a nomadic life from one forest area to another. How would you survive when all the forests are destroyed?
Raute: If all the forests are destroyed, no one will be alive in the whole world.
Some more interesting points:
A Raute leader retorts to those who ask the Rautes to leave their nomadic life, n adopt farming at one place: “Does anyone want to be a Raute? No. Similarly, we don’t want to adopt farming.”
If the video carries correct info, some important lessons to learn from the Rautes:
* Rautes don’t cut trees on mass scale.
** Mostly they cut down dying or dead trees(Kukath), coz such trees are larger, n also easier to cut down. N it’s also easier to make wooden vessels from them.
*** The Rautes don’t hunt any other animal or bird species except the monkeys. I think they hunt monkeys coz monkeys r found in large numbers.
n they need animal products as a supplement to their plant based diet which are scarce fr their lifestyle n also poor in nutrition.
*** Although Rautes live a nomadic life near or inside the forest area, they live in close cooperation with the villagers. N they exchange their wooden vessels for food n clothing.
**** Rautes even don’t need Citizenship Card. “What to do with a citizenship Card?” wonders a Raute.
***** However, Rautes are also concerned that their way of life should not be violated in the name of civilization.
Feel like joining the Rautes?.. 😉
Update: Guys, here’s another video on Rautes by Rekha Thapa Foundation.In this Rekha Thapa discusses on the importance of accommodating the Rautes into the mainstream and her efforts in this regard.