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Kings of the Forest – The Cultural Resilience of Himalayan Hunter-Gatherers - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Resilience of Himalayan Hunter-Gatherers

Jana Fortier


In today's world hunter-gatherer societies struggle with seemingly insurmountable problems: deforestation and encroachment, language loss, political domination by surrounding communities. Will they manage to survive? This book is about one such society living in the monsoon rainforests of western Nepal: the Raute. It explores how this elusive ethnic group, the last hunter-gatherers of the Himalayas, maintains its traditional way of life amidst increasing pressure to assimilate. The book examines Raute social strategies of survival as they roam the lower Himalayas gathering wild yams and huntin ... More

Keywords: hunter-gatherer society, deforestation, western Nepal, Raute, Himalayas, traditional life, hunting, foraging, nomadism, biocultural diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833220
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jana Fortier, author
University of California, San Diego