LIVING IN THE MIST.THE LAST NOMADS OF NEPAL
Kishor Sharma

In a jungle far away from human settlement in the mid-western region of Nepal, a small habitat is seen. Amidst the chirping of birds, we can hear the sound of axes cutting wood. There are some 35 huts, different from the houses that are commonly seen in Nepal’s villages. Their huts are made of wood and covered by leaves and cloth; and they survive on forest vegetation and monkey meat. Of late, some shifts in their lifestyles have included rice in their diet. Some have also begun rearing cattle. These are the Raute, the last nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe of Nepal, of which just 140 are living in the western mid-hill regions.

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