Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Andrew Newey, an award-winning UK based travel photographer, has captured amazing photographs of central Nepales Gurunga tribes members engaged in a dangerous and ancient tradition of honey hunting. Twice a year, the Gurung honey hunters ascend to the base of cliffs in central Nepals and ascend them to collect honey. They used the same tools that their ancestors did, hand woven rope ladders and tangos, the long sharp bamboo poles that they use to cut the hone-filled hives off of the face of the cliff and drop them into baskets waiting below. After lighting smoke fires at the base of the cliff to smoke out the bees, they climb their ladders and collect their honey. 

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal
Beside the danger of falling, they also happen to be harvesting the honey of the largest honeybee in the world. The Himalayan honey bee can grow to be up to 1.2 inch or 3 cm. in length, the collecting honey on white Rhododendrons in the spring. The steep rock wall to protect them from predators and keep them warm in the sunshine. 

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Currently, honey hunting is under great threat due to climate change becomes less bees, the number of honey hunters are also declining, as more and more young people are reluctant to stay in the tribe to learn this craft and as growing Himalayan medicinal honey, Exploitation a natural resource and collapse of the century and sustainable tradition. Nothing is safe from the greed and corruption of those who have no respect for Nature. The photographer Andrew Newey personally involved in this traditional work. Few people would do that, beacourse in the filming process will go through a lo of risk, but also very tricky. The selection of these images taken bye Andrew Newy, who spent two weeks with the Gurung  during the fall harvest.

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Honey Hunters | Gurung Tribes Nepal

Source — Andrew Newey | Theguardian

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