Indigenous are minority groups that live in different places around the world. In Cambodia, there are up to 10 or 20 indigenous groups. In this article, you will get to know the wonderful exploration that I had working so hard in the past seven weeks, the project is called “Indigenous Community in Cambodia”. Before, there was a senior group that had an exploration of “Pnong” which is an indigenous group in Cambodia. My team and I were the second group in the junior cohort that got to learn and research about this project. The first junior team was research most of the groups and there were two indigenous groups left for my second team. They are “Kui” and “Stieng”. There were two final products that we wanted to see are books about Kui and videos about Stieng.
I was chosen to be one of the members of the Stieng video team. In the first couple of weeks, I planned the scenes that I will shoot for the video, the questions that I would ask, etc. Well, I finished those early so I decided to help my friends out and also do more research. Besides doing a video about Stieng, I also needed to write an article about Kui so that I can learn about both minorities. Both the video and book, we have different themes such as food, geography, education, language, daily life, economic, culture, belief, and ceremonies. My theme was about Food. To make the information clearer, we needed to go on a trip to interview the indigenous people.
The first province we visited was Kroches. In Kroches, next to the Cambodia-Vietnam border, Stieng indigenous group live there. It was in Krong village, Snoul commune, Snoul, district, Kroches province. We arrived there at 7 o’clock at night. We had some chat with the people there before taking shower and sleep. It was a really good night. In the next morning, we started to interview and taking videos. My theme was about food so it was very nice because they cooked one of their traditional food for us. Click on the link below (end of the article) to watch the video I made. We also visited a school near the community to do some workshop and to interview some students, teachers, and the principle. The workshop was about drawing and frisbee, which they never know it before.
The second province we went to was Preah Vihear. Kui people live in Bankern Phol village, Rom Tom commune, Roveang district, Preah Vihear province. We arrived there at night, right at dinner time. They cooked very delicious foods for us, absolutely fantastic. Once we woke up, we did some interview with the villagers to get more information, helping my friends with interviewing and took some photos to put in the book. After that, a group of young people came to perform their traditional dances. Click on the link to watch the video that my teammate made about the dances (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86gJQGPXVIU). After the performance, we had a chance to ride a tractor (picture below) to the spiritual forest. That forest is located in a protecting area so there are still many trees and plants.
We also visited an organization based in Phnom Penh called Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (C.I.P.O). We got to know each other very well and they were really proud of our project. We also got to interview some people over there to get more information because they are indigenous people that came from different minorities.
That’s it for the trip! When we arrived at our school, we started to put things together. I was editing the Stieng video while everyone else working on different projects.
A few weeks after that, we went on a trip again to Preah Vihear to show them the first version of our products, and also to verify the information with them and to get some pictures or more information that we needed.
If you would like to see the videos that we made, click on the link below and I hope you enjoy it.
Kui’s Art & Dances
That’s it for the post, hope you like it. Thank you so much for visiting and reading my portfolio.