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Honey Hunters

Valli Eric, Summers Diane

Editeur - Casa editrice

Harry N Abrams

Asia
Nepal
Himalaya

Anno - Date de Parution

1988

Pagine - Pages

104

Titolo originale

Honey Hunters of Nepal

Lingua - language - langue

eng

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Honey Hunters of Nepal

Honey Hunters  

Twice a year, Gurung tribesmen of west-central Nepal enter the jungle in search of honey. Valli and Summers, freelance photojournalists, lived with the honey hunters for eight months and here document this ancient tradition. They tell of the band of nine honey hunters, led by the 63-year-old Mani Lal whose responsibility is unique: he alone descends a bamboo ladder hundreds of feet down sheer rock faces to find the hives of giant black bees nestled on the cliff walls. Once he discovers a nestwhich may be as large as four by six feethe drives the bees out with smoke, and then, still suspended by the ladder over the cliff face, dislodges the hive with bamboo poles. The hive is then lowered via pulleys to the other hunters waiting below, and Mani Lal climbs on to locate another nest. The oversize volume is replete with large color photographs that detail every aspect of the honey hunt; also included are portraits of the Gurung and, somewhat incongruously, pictures of hunters trapping more conventional preyantelope, deer and wolves. The photographs, though often beautiful, are more fascinating as anthropology than as individual works of art.

 

Consulta anche: INDIGENOUS HONEYBEES AND HONEY HUNTERS OF THE HIMALAYAS

Recensione in altra lingua (English):

To quote the intro: "All the photographs were taken with Leica R cameras on Kodachrome professional 64 and 200 film. Only this combination allowed such high quality enlargements. Most of the photographs were shot at full aperture because of low light conditions. The Leica lenses used were: 19mm, 28mm, 35mm, 60mm, 80mm, 90mm, 180mm, 280mm, and doubler [this guy must have shoulders like Schwarzenegger]. The 80mm lens suffered a fall of over one hundred yards from the top of Samser Bir [a granite cliff], and we were able to continue using it..."


Consulta anche: INDIGENOUS HONEYBEES AND HONEY HUNTERS OF THE HIMALAYAS