View of the Kumaon Himalayas

November 2017

Avani Society

Avani Society
Berinag, India

‘Its an old tale passed down from our elders (…) the whole tribe was created due to this’, Mr. Anh Singora, a village elder, told us, describing the origins of Digoli. He remembered his father telling him the story of two brothers from the villag of Rawatsera, of the Rawat Caste, who were fighting over some land. The brothers decided to resolve the dispute through a bet: If one of the brothers could make a cucumber drop from its tree with a stone in a slingshot, they would continue to stay together and share the land. If the cucumber didn’t fall, then one of them would have to leave the village.


  • Title: View of the Kumaon Himalayas
  • Date Created: November 2017
  • Location: Uttarakhand, India
  • Type: Photograph
  • Photography: Camille Parker
  • Community: One of the primary communities Avani works with are the Bora Kuthaliya, a small caste based in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India. The Bora have a rich heritage and tradition of cultivating and weaving hemp to create bags, rugs, and mats. However, with the government's ban on hemp cultivation in the 1980s, this practice has all but disappeared. Today, with the help of Avani, Bora communities are reviving these traditional weaving skills through new art forms, enabling them to continue making a living in their Himalayan home.

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