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A trip to Shergaon village

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Shergaon village, home to the Sherdukpen tribe. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Traditional Wooden kitchen with stoves with different technologies. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    The village is in a valley sculpted by three rivers in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    There are few in the new generation trying to learn the traditional weaving designs. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    The traditional house being restored now as a living museum and possibly homestay for tourists. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Evening in the village as clouds gather ominously. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Inside the kitchen, evening conversations draw the generations together for spirited discussions. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    A group of young Sherdukpen people, under the banner of Garung Thuk, are conserving the stretch of river to let the fish breed back. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Garung Thuk members after a day hiking through the forests collecting herbs and checking on the river patch they conserve. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Tsang Dorjee Thungon, a hunter par excellence. The younger generation holds him in awe. They don’t hunt as much but they want to retain the knowledge of forests he embodies. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Praying service at home. Sherdukpen follow Buddhism. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Prayer flags on long poles dot Shergaon. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    A plum tree flowering in the Shergaon village which has very good state of art horticulture farm. It is rich with many varieties of fruits and flowers. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    While many of the young are moving out, there are others who invest their time to ensure the cultural heritage of their tribe does not pass away with the previous generation. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Cultural practices and dances are on a mode of revival in Shergaon. Photo: Lobsang Tashi Thungon

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    For the rest of India tribal communities are often depicted in their traditional costumes celebrating their festivals. That is a beautiful bit but just one bit of their lives. Photo: Lobsang Tashi Thungon

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Sherdukpen wedding. An elaborate affair at the same time adjusting to modernity. Photo: Lobsang Tashi Thungon

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Sunset in the village. Photo: Nitin Sethi

  • Shergaon, Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, Garung Thuk

    Lotu Thungon, famed for his dancing abilities, he once roamed the region as part of a dancing troupe even as he remained a state government employee. Photo: Nitin Sethi

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