Nursery of Bamboo Plants

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"Bamboo used for making houses by the Apatanis.

Rice cultivation, supported by an intricate irrigation system from the small Ziro River is one of their unique practices. Even a single channel of water manages to irrigate dozens of stepped fields, separated by just a few vertical inches, allowing the water to irrigate one field and sequentially flow to a lower one, and in the process cover the entire swathe of cultivation.

Also unique to the Apatanis are the simple and sturdy bamboo houses they live in. Ziro village comprises of rows of bamboo houses that together comprise perhaps the largest village in the world, and one where almost every house looks alike -- perhaps a subtle message in social levelling.

Bamboo is a most versatile resource, and is greatly valued among the Apatani people. Almost every family has their own nursery of bamboo plants, where they grow a unique species that was imported from central Asia centuries ago. Bamboo is used not only for building, but also for cooking, eating, basket-making and in the creation of sacrificial objects. By growing their own bamboo in private reserves, and their own Pine trees, in the form of community forestry projects, the Apatanis are able to quickly harvest wood and bamboo when required for construction, or in the rare event that a fire guts a portion of their village.

This practice was established so as not to destroy their local forests. The Apatanis thus have an important message for the rest of the world...

These followers of Donyi-Polo pray to a number of deities and spirits of the natural world. Sacrifices and rituals coincide with the lunar cycle, and also occur during occasions such as weddings.

This footage is part of the professionally-shot stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of imagery from South Asia. The Wilderness Films India collection comprises of thousands of hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM 1080i High Definition, HDV and Digital Betacam. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world... wfi @ vsnl.com and admin@wildfilmsindia.com."

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