After I'd visited the Hornbill Festival I decided to travel further East into Konyak country.
Mon district was never ruled by the British and there was no civil
administration till 1948.
The infrastructure is appalling and it took me about 5 hrs to go about 60km by jeep.
So to stop along the way, buy and eat some freshly plucked oranges whilst interacting with nice local people is a Godsend.
The local people practice Jhum cultivation:
Jhum cultivation is most practiced on the slopes of hills in thickly forested landscapes. The cultivators cut the treetops to allow sunlight to reach the land. They burn all the trees and grasses for clean and fresh soil. It is believed that this helps to fertilize the land, but can leave it vulnerable to erosion. As I travelled further East and further into tribal areas, jhum cultivation became more apparent and there were vast swathes of land devastated and won't recover for years. I'm no agriculturalist and I have no idea if it's right or wrong. I just hope the land does recover.
Like a lot of shots in this series, please have a view in lightroom