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Across Meghalaya - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0188

As the sun goes down across Meghalaya nature still has something aw inspiring to offer.

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Backyard View - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0184

With a view like this it is easy to understand why many tribes people enjoy life in the Meghalaya forests.

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Clean Waters of Meghalaya - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0096

Many clean rivers and streams flow through the pristine environment of Meghalaya's dense forests

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Clouds in Harmony - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0260

Meghalaya is where clouds lend themselves harmoniously with the geographical features below.

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Living with Nature - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0249

Meghalaya still has vast tracts of unspoilt forests which local tribes like the Khasi's have been harmonising with and caring for generations. People to learn from.

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Monsoon Season Pending - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0076

Clouds build over Meghalaya signaling the onset of the monsoon season.

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Natural Environment - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0122

Many areas of Meghalaya remain as nature intended which is credit to the local indigenous tribes who have inhabited these areas for generations harmonising with nature.

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Raging Rivers - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0105

Meghalaya's seasonal monsoon rains change the colour and power of their rivers and streams.

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Replenishing Rains - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0078

The pre monsoon rains replenish dried up rivers and streams and see waterfalls back in action in Meghalaya's dense, lush forests.

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Bamboo Home - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0058

Many Khasi homes are constructed from bamboo which is grown locally in abundance.

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Bamboo Khasi Kitchen - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0090

Bamboo is often used extensively in the construction of rural Khasi homes.

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Bamboo Kitchen Utensils - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0092

Bamboo has a variety of uses. Many kitchen utensils such as for rice and vegetables are made from bamboo.

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Care and Attention - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0157

Care taken not to unnecessarily destroy the surrounding vegetation as a new home is constructed in the Khasi Hills forest.

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Dogs Life -Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0214

Dogs relaxing on the doorstep. Dogs are very popular family pets with many Meghalaya Khasi families.

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Home on a Hill - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0131

People of the Khasi tribe have been relying on the environment for their sustainability for generations. Living in the dense forests of East and West Khasi Hills harmonising with nature is still very much part of their lifestyle.

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Friend or Food - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0218

Unperturbed the chicken scratches for food in the kitchen of the Khasi home.

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Hard Life - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0154

Although life is extremely hard for the Khasi forest dwellers they feel the reward is great - living with nature at its best.

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Khasi Home - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0078

Many Khasi homes are built from bamboo. Tin is also used including empty mustard oil cans which are cut open then flattened into sheets for wall construction.

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Mustard Oil Can Wall - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0083

Mustard oil cans are popular for building construction by many people including the Khasi. Empty cans are cut open then flattened into sheets for wall construction.

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Neat and Tide - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0244

Khasi lady prepares the next meal in the kitchen of the family home.

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Simplicity - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' _DSC0098

Simply just sitting around an open fire cooking is a time for relaxing and enjoying others company.

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Still Smiling - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0159

Even though the lifestyle of the tribal people, and particularly those living in the forests is hard and uncompromising, they express a great deal of gratification from all they do.

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Harmonising with Nature - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0129

Almost enveloped by the forest a Khasi home located below the waterfall looks idyllically located for life harmonising with nature.

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Living on the Vertical - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0001

For those of the Khasi tribe who live in the forests of Meghalaya's East and West Khasi Hills the terrain is very much either 'up' or 'down'.

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Water Rising - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0163

Heavy seasonal rains bring other problems as rising water levels begin to threaten homes.

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The Kitchen Stove - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0101

A forest dwellers kitchen stove.

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Weathered Home - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0141

Cold winters and torrential summer monsoon rains can take there toll of many forest dwellers homes.

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Cold Meghalaya Nights - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC4361

A time for stories to unfold and traditions to pass on as hands reach out to warm around the open fire.

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Rough Road - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0203

Going can be rough in rural areas where the roads leave a lot to be desired.

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Very Popular - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0077

Pork is very popular with many people in Meghalaya.

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Butchers Shop - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0058

Meat is very popular amongst the Meghalaya community.

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Neat and Trim - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0220

The people of Meghalaya pride themselves as being very neat, clean and tidy and those living in rural and remote locations are no exception.

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Hard Labour - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0288

Self-sufficiency is very much part of Khasi lifestyle and many of the agricultural activities are quite often the task of the womenfolk which is usually very hard and labour intensive.

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Farming Implement - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0292

People of the Khasi tribe use to make their own farming implements from the iron ore they extracted. With the advent of time this stopped as industry took over.

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Home Grown - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0182

The home vegetable garden is part and parcel of most rural and isolated dwellers properties especially those families who rely on home grown produce for their sustenance.

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For those people living off the land the pig is very much a part of their lifestyle and once reared and fattened it will be off to market or for home consumption.

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Goat House - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0227

Goats are very much part of Meghalaya's rural scene. They are reared for milk and cheese as well as meat.

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Helping Hand - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0062

In rural and more remote locations children from a very early age help with many activities around the home and on the land.

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Washing with Nature - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0251

No matter what the time of year or weather the family requires clean cloths. Many rural dwellers consider washday a task not a chore because of the environment they work in.

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Preparing the Pan Leaf - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0111

Chewing Pan leaves, which is said to help with the digestion, is extremely popular with people of all walks of life in Meghalaya.

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Dust Pan and Broomstick - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0167

Broomsticks are a very popular implement in India for sweeping up dirt etc.

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Broomstick Plant - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0231

Once harvested the flowering end of the Broomstick plant is used for making the ever useful Broomstick which are found in many homes around India.

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Broomsticks For Sale - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe_DSC0027

Broomsticks are a very popular implement in India for sweeping up dirt etc.

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Broomstick in Hand - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe_DSC0003

Broomsticks are a very popular implement in India for sweeping up dirt etc. They are light and efficient for young and old alike.

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Flat Land - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0270

The only flat piece of ground in Meghalaya is considered to be the soccer pitches. Hence this might be why soccer is becoming a very popular sport in this Indian state.

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Meghalaya's Flat Patch - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0269

The only flat piece of ground in Meghalaya is considered to be the soccer pitches.

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'Up' and 'Down' - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0022

Life in Meghalaya's capital city Shillong is also very much 'up' and 'down'. Here even street curbs can be 50 centimeters high.

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City Exercise - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0025

Life in Meghalaya's capital city Shillong is also very much 'up' and 'down'. Here even street curbs can be 50 centimeters high.

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Affection - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0033

Most Khasi fathers show great affection for their children.

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Always at Hand - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0062

It rains so often in Meghalaya that the umbrella is always at hand as young Khasi girl leaves her home prepared for rain.

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Children at Home - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0037

Khasi children outside their home in the West Khasi Hills.

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Child's Play - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0164

Khasi children enjoy playing around in the environment where they live.

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Heavy Load - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0146

Thirty eight year old Khasi man thinks nothing of transporting 80 kilogram load on his back.

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I Am Here - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0030

Khasi lady carrying young child on her back. This is a method used by many rural women as this enables them to keep their young offspring close and still carry on with their daily routine.

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In Between - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0068

Young Khasi boy outside his home where plenty of fuel for the fire has been stacked ready and waiting.

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Khasi's Grading - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0243

A group of Khasi women work on grading stones to be used for construction work.

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Women's Work - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0189

The Khasi women in Meghalaya are involved in many roles including stone crushing. The stones begin rock size before being hammered much smaller then they are used in construction work.

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Time for a Chat - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0200

Group of Khasi ladies take time for a well earned break and a chat.

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Smile or Strain - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0150

Heavy loads, long and short carried up and down steep hills with little effort shown.

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Through the Bamboo - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0053

Khasi lady stands proudly on the veranda of her bamboo home.

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Simple Fun - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC4358

The simple things of life can often give the most pleasure. A young Khasi boy gains great delight from flicking his marble across the dirt.

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Memories - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC4370

Khasi elders are still respected by many of the younger generation who look to them for advice, and to seek their knowledge of the ancient Khasi traditions and culture. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Ready For Pending Mosoon - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC4356

Meghalaya's monsoon season brings several months of heavy rains to the region when the umbrella becomes a way of life. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Banyan Root Bridge - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0164

Khasi forest dwellers put the live roots of the Banyan Tree to good use in the construction of a bridge. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Bridge Repairs - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0121

Indications are that the iron wire suspension bridge crossing one of Meghalaya's raging rivers systems looks less likely to survive as long as the Banyan Tree root bridges with weathering and wear taking affect.

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Crossing the Gorge - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0139

For some people the crossing point of the gorge is via the iron wire suspension bridge. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Eco-friendly Double Story Bridge - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0020

These ancient root bridges were designed and Created by members of the War Khasi Tribe a sub tribe of the Khasi. This ancient double story bridge made from the still living roots of the Banyan Tree enables people to cross the river below even when it is in full flood during the monsoon season in Meghalaya. These bridges are expected to 'live' and remain in good 'walking' order for over 600 years.

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Forest Dwellers Ingenuity - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0166

Centuries ago people from the Khasi Tribe in the Indian state of Meghalaya began to construct 'living' bridges from the roots of the Banyan Tree. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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From the Banyan Tree - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0014

The roots from the Banyan Tree are used to construct a double story bridge. Members of the Khasi tribe in Meghalaya found that the strength and suppleness of the Banyan Tree roots enabled them to be used in the construction of 'environmentally friendly' bridges. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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From the Mighty Banyan Tree - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0058

Still living and growing the roots from this Banyan tree have been used to create the unique double story bridge. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Hanging Banyan Tree Roots - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0168

Roots hang from the roots of the bridge which can be used to strengthen the bridge. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Harmonising with Nature - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0169

The visual aspect of the Banyan Tree root bridges has them harmonising with their surroundings. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Iron Bridge Across the Gorge - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0106

Crossing one of Meghalaya's raging rivers - an iron wire bridge although much younger than any of the 'Root Bridges' is already showing the signs of weathering raises concerns about its safety.

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Strong Banyan Roots - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0095

The Banyan Tree roots are amazingly strong and supple and have proven to make ideal environmentally friendly bridges.

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Roots From Roots - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0038

More roots grow from the roots of the Banyan root bridge increasing its strength.

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Roots of the Banyan Tree - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0022

These ancient root bridges were designed and Created by members of the War Khasi Tribe a sub tribe of the Khasi. The Banyan Tree produces many surface roots which are extremely strong.

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Stone Pathway - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0039

Once strong enough stones have been laid to create a flat pathway across the 'Root Bridge'.

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Root Bridge - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0036

Members of the Khasi Tribe designed and built this single story bridge made from the roots of the Banyan Tree - still attached - still living - still growing. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Church on the Hill - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0247

The Christian Church on the hill creates an forcible presence. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Close at Hand - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0170

In Meghalaya the Christian Church is there close at hand for all walks of life.

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Competing for Position - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0233

The skyline reveals different denominations competing in the same location. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Dominating - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0205

In many locations throughout Meghalaya churches can be seen to hold a commanding position. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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In the Forest - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0129

Christian Churches dominate the scene in many locations throughout Meghalaya.

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Technology Takes Over - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0237

Shrouded in cloud the telecommunication tower supersedes the Church for dominance.

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Their Flag - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC4364

Each sector of the Seng Khasi flag has great significance such as the red background which signifies 'courage'. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Seng Khasi Headquarters - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0010

Seng Khasi was established in 1899. Seng Khasi is the organisation of the indigenous Khasi. Its aims are to protect the customs and traditions of the indigenous Khasi.

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There to Help and Advice - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0298

Member of the Khasi Tribe travels to many isolated Khasi communities throughout the East and West Khasi Hills to offer advice and help where needed. His medical knowledge is often in demand and much of the treatment he provides free of cost to the patients.

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Rural Seng Khasi School - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0098

Seng Khasi Pre School and Primary school built by a Khasi and his family. Here children are taught mainstream subjects as well as Khasi traditions and culture.

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Off to School - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC4359

Young boy off to a Seng Khasi school where he studies mainstream subjects and subjects regards Khasi traditions and culture. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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A Seng Khasi Primary School Class - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0009

Seng Khasi Pre School and Primary school teaching mainstream subjects and Khasi traditions and culture.

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Paying Attention - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0095

Class of Primary school children at a Seng Khasi school which was built by a Khasi and his family. The school teaches mainstream subjects and Khasi traditions and culture. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Lending a Hand - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0045

Member of the Khasi Tribe works to maintain Khasi traditions and culture traveling throughout the Khasi Hills to remote villages meeting with the local people and always willing to help where he can.

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Seng Khasi High School - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0037

Seng Khasi Secondary High School is located in the Meghalaya capital Shillong. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Christian Church School - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe'_DSC0007

There are many Christian Church schools throughout Meghalaya. They are well attended and are said to offer pupils a good standard of mainstream education. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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