Stories from the Hills: Tales of the Lowland
Known as a people of storytelling, the hill tribes have been handing down their genealogies mouth to ear over generations, without any form of written record or alphabet to keep the words, protected only by the high hills of Northern Thailand.
How could these stories help to understand the close relationships of people and their land, who are living from the forest, cultivating food as subsistence hill farmers and inform our urban ways of communal living?
When visiting two Akha villages, we also found that many stories today have their beginning in the industrialised lowland. At the same time, people in the flat, urban land are often unaware of how closely they are connected with the upland through the daily food and water they consume.
In this project, we look for these storylines, relationships and dependencies between high and lowland.
Presented at La Fin des Cartes,
Espace des Arts sans Frontières, Paris, 2015