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John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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A Black Lahu boy with his decoy parakeet. In the early mornings he will place his chained bird in a tree near his family’s rice fields and surround it with bamboo sticks that he has coated with a sticky glue made from pulverised tree bark. When his bird calls, it will attract flocks of wild parakeets that he hopes will land on his sticky sticks and become glued. The captured birds are plucked, grilled and smashed up with chilli and salt in a mortar, a nutritious accompaniment to mountain rice. One of the first ‘toys’ that hilltribe boys master, is a slingshot. This boy, Kali, has one in his hand, and he is an expert at hitting anything edible, usually birds and squirrels. The hilltribe people in northern Thailand have always relied on wild foods to supplement their cultivated rice. This photo was taken in a remote village near the Burma border in 1979. Kali is now the village headman, and has several of his own children.

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