\nA handsome hunter\n\nTiny hamlets dot the Himalayan foothills of Arunachal Pradesh. Some lie along the winding roads while a large number are accessible only by foot paths taking as long as 3-5 days to reach.\nThese hamlets are few and far between and the percentage of land occupied by all the villages cumulatively will probably not cover more than 5% of the land available. The rest is covered by thick forests. Forests that sustain the small population.\nThe life philosophy of the people therefore, integrates their own lives with their surroundings and their model for life sustenance reflects their philosophy.\nThey conduct \u2018jhoom\u2019 farming to grow some of their grain, they hunt for food, they cut deadwood for fuel and housing and they weave what the clothing they need.\nThey are hunters, gatherers, weavers, farmers.\nOn the drive from Khonsa to Pasighat to Along to Daporijo to Ziro, in the afternoons, as I crossed hamlets, I\u2019d come across women sitting in their porches and weaving on back-strap looms.\nIn the evenings as I\u2019d approach a village I\u2019d see men and women returning from the forest, their rattan head-strap back-baskets filled with millet or logs or other products from the forest.\nAnd all through the day but more so after dark, I\u2019d see solo men and solo women with rifles going out to acquire the next meal for their families.\nClick to view slideshow.\nThe new world is changing lives everywhere but it is refreshing to see a world that is moving at a leisurely pace and is in no hurry to catch up with anyone else.\nOther articles on Arunachal Pradesh have been linked below:\nGlimpses of a contented People\n\u00a0Innovative housing\n\u00a0A chance encounter with a Shaman Priest during a sacrifice ritual\nThe Gaanv Boodhas or Village Headmen of Arunachal Pradesh\nTribal signatures \u2013 Face Tattoos of the Apatanis\nFierce Nocte Headhunters\nHead Hunting Trophies\n\u00a0\nAm Apatani shawl acquired directly from the weaver has been added to the wovensouls collection. Please click here to view it.\njm\nJan 2012\nThe post The Arunachali \u2013 the Hunter-Gatherer-Weaver appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.