A village with purpose
Living, Loving and Learning wildlife
The Kaziranga National Park (KNP) is one of the most successful examples of conservation in the globe.
The major share of the credit of making KNP a success story goes to the relentless sacrifice of the communities living around the Park. They protect the wildlife sacrificing their agriculture, their livestock and forest based livelihood. Conventionally the rural livelihood in Assam is based on the paddy cultivation. The agricultural activities in these villages are always in stake as the herds of elephants come out of the forest just before the harvest and destroy all hopes and incomes of the community.
Cattle and poultry farming here is also risky as these fall prey to the carnivorous wildlife of the park. The option of forest based livelihood is nonexistent as, by law, the human interference in a National Park is illegal. As a result the community here is living in a real shortage of livelihood and most of them are surviving in the below poverty line.
North East Social Trust (NEST) is working in the village since 2005 to promote rural tourism for incremental income in the village. ‘Dagrob’ Eco Tourism and Eco-Development Society is formed in the village with local youth to manage and nurture tourism and community development needs.
Come to Dhuba Ati.
In the eastern fringe of Kaziranga National Park Dhuba Ati Beluguri village is situated. Various wildlife, including, tiger, elephant and rhino keep coming to this village at night. The community members of this village is not scared of these wildlife, but have developed some fabulous tradition and lifestyle to coexist with these wildlife.
Bamboo based vernacular housing is designed in such a way that no wildlife could damage it. These houses are traditionally earthquake resistant and hygienic. Cattle and poultry products are kept in such a way that the wildlife can not harm them. These techniques are developed by the community after generations of observation and coexistence with wild life.
Craft and Culture
The Mising Tribal community has a huge range of craft products developed and designed on the basis of their observation to the nature. Girls born here with the skills of a weaver and express themselves through their hand-woven cloths. Boys of this village, on the other hand, exhibit the finest skill on the Bamboo craft. Bamboo is used here everywhere from housing to loom to fencing to furnishing to food.
All the events of the tribal life here are celebrated with their unique and wild cultural activities. For every occasion the community has different cultural activities.
Food and beverages
Agrarian communities of Dhuba Ati are rice eaters. They eat rice three times a day as major food. However, they have different dishes too made up of rice. ‘Apong’ – the rice beer is extremely popular among all types’ of tourists. Various vegetables, herbs, fishes and meats are used in their every meal. Pork is a delicacy for them.
Food items are mostly boiled. However, different fried, baked and steam cooked food items are also extremely common.
The recipes of the dishes have four distinctive tests – the silly hot, sweet, sour and alkaline. ‘Khar’ – the alkaline food item is relished by various walks of life.