On top of Kirirom Mountain are the 1960s-era ruins of a once grand getaway for the royalty and urban elite of pre-war Cambodia. Now, four decades after it was abandoned, life is returning to the settlementRead More
As modern technology is having a great impact on, and altering indigenous culture and traditions within Cambodia, the Kuy of Prey Lang are utilizing this technology to their advantage, and using it in a way to benefit their communities to combat illegal logging. Using technology such as smart phones, cameras, and GPS, to create and add to larger databases, as well as developing new mobile apps to be used by the network. Their use of modern technology is not losing their indigenous identity, but saving it.Read More
With rural indigenous groups feeling the impact of climate change, as it continues effecting crops- as well as rife land concessions involving big companies- more young people are leaving their traditional rural villages, to seek work elsewhere in urban areas, within the garment industry, in order to support their families back home.Read More
After years of displacement in Vietnam, many Phnong villages returned to Cambodia in 1986. With entire villages fleeing the US bombings in the early 1970s, they sought refuge in Vietnam, where they were exposed to Christian aid from missionaries. Returning home, not only has the villages changed from the war, but so had the Phnong people...Read More
During the Khmer Rouge Phnong culture suffered greatly and was lost, as they were not allowed to perform traditional ceremonies, or use traditional healing when sick. As well as village chief, Toun is also a traditional healer, curing sick people in the village. Collecting natural plants from the nearby forest and making traditional medicines, as well as performing ceremonies such as “exorcisms”, when there is a bad spirit inside someone making them sick.
Phnong villagers now call on Toun for traditional healing ceremonies, ceremonies which were not permitted during their time under the Khmer Rouge...Read More
Bride and Groom huts- also known as “love huts” have been an indigenous Kreung custom, where young girls and boys approaching adolescence, were given their own huts outside the family home, where they could live independently, court the opposite sex to find the correct life partner, as well as experiment with premarital sex. With villages being so scarce, and bad road conditions, making traveling time between villages long and tiring, it would be common for visitors courting from other villages to stay for the night.
Now this tradition which was once a key part of Kreung culture no longer exists. These huts have not been used for the past 10-15-years, being made redundant within indigenous society, due to technology and better road conditions.Read More
In 1973 as relations between the Khmer Rouge and Vietnam deteriorated, a paranoia kicked in, sparking a wave of purges in the highlands bordering Vietnam. In 1977 another wave of purges was sparked after cadres escaped to Vietnam.
Through research, we sourced the Khmer Rouge case files of prominent high ranking indigenous officers who were arrested and killed by the regime. From these files, the surviving family members of Cadre Horm were tracked down.Read More