- Documenting the last honey hunting group of Arunachal Pradesh Award-winning film by Thongdok chronicles a skill likely to die with half-a-dozen men from the Buddhist Sherdukpen community.
- Kezang D. Thongdok’s film Chi Lupo was adjudged the best documentary at the 10th Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2020 announced recently.
- Chi means honey and Lupo is hunter in the dialect of the Buddhist Sherdukpen community.
- Honey-hunting skill of the Sherdukpen community and the associated indigenous craftsmanship will fade away with the half-a-dozen subjects of his film.
Honey harvesting —Sherdukpen
- Honey harvesting —Sherdukpen —has traditionally been done twice a year.
- Bees make honey from wild flowers in June-July and primarily from rhododendron in October-November.
- Honey collected has been used for its medicinal properties and for preparing delicacies.
- Very few venture out now because of better connectivity and access to medicines and food stores and the young are not interested in learning the tough skill.
|Sherdukpen are an ethnic group of Arunachal Pradesh.Their population of 4,200 is centered in West Kameng, A.PSherdukpen society is divided into two classes: The Thong and Chao.Sherdukpen generally practice monogamy and trace their descent patrilineally.Sherdukpen speak their own language, Sherdukpen, Tibeto-Burman derivation.They practice Buddhism.|