There was one river in the Amazon Forest named by a person that lived near there. The river was called Semsy Choa. Many sharks lived in that river. There was one cluster of spiders that liked to go there and swim around the river. In the river there were many living creatures, including whales, crocodiles, turtles and more. The head of the cluster was named Chong Vey. He was really rude to the other spiders in the cluster. One spider family that was in the cluster was really polite to the head of the cluster. The father was named Kok and the mother was named Chab Dak. Dak and Kok gave birth to one baby named Pullieas. Pullieas liked to swim more than anyone else in the cluster. All of the sharks in the river liked to play with the spiders that came to swim. One day the cluster came to swim for a while and Pullieas swam away from the other spiders. He met one baby shark named Srey Chlam. Both spider and shark liked to play with each other so much even though no one swam with them, but they came to the river and swam with each other. Twenty years later, they both wanted a mate. Pullieas told Srey Chlam that he wanted to have a baby. Srey Chlam said, “we can’t, but if you really want to have a baby you have to spend your life to have a baby.” After they talked for a while, they both decided that they wanted to have a baby for their next generation. The next night with a full moon, they both made a baby. To give birth to the baby, Srey Chlam had to eat Pullieas, her husband. Before she ate her husband, she had some words to say to her husband: “thanks so much. We both had a great time with each other,” she said with tears coming out. “Before I die, I want to say to my baby that I really love your mom. Take care of your mom,” said Pullieas. “ After he said his last words, she put her husband on her nose and threw him up. Then opened her mouth wide and fell into her mouth. She ate her husband with tears in her eyes. Five days later, she gave birth to a baby named Pulam. Pulam liked to eat foxes and wolves, also whales. Everyday Pulam came out of the river and hunted the land animals. Pulam hunted the foxes by climbing on the trees and jumping on the back of the fox. When he turned 10, he was old enough to fight with the whales. Every morning he went to eat the whales and he lived a really happy life with his mom. But when Pulam was born, Srey Chlam did not tell Pulam about his father. Pulam asked his mom, “Mom, where has my dad been since I was born until now? I have never seen his face! Where has he beh9en?” Srey Chlam told him the story and the tears came out: “your dad already died,” said Srey Chlam. “What? My dad already died? Why?” “He told me that he wanted to have a baby, but we couldn’t. If we want to have a baby he had to give his life. So I ate him to get you here.” “I am the worst son ever,” said Pulam. No you are not,” said Srey Chlam, “because your dad was a spider and I am a shark. How could we reproduce? Your dad was so, so small; that’s why I ate him. It is okay son, you will find a better life.”
Exploration: Bunong minority
Number of students: 12
Duration: 10 Aug-30 Sep
Learning Facilitators: Phearun/ Jaime
What are the values and traditions for Bunong minorities?
How have they preserved their cultural traditions sustainably?
What are the issues they are facing in their living situation presently?
What are there different life cycle between Bunong and Khmer people?
What are the differences of lifestyles between Bunong and Khmer people?
How does their education differ from Liger or government schools?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of their cultural superstitions?
Almost all countries of the world are existing minorities, including Cambodia as well. There are approximately twenty indigenous minorities living in Cambodia, which most of them inhabit the Northeast and East. In this exploring project, we will basically study about Bunong people who is one of the Cambodian indigenous minorities. Students will conduct cultural studies, particularly their culture, belief, lifestyle, interaction, tradition, right, living situation and so on. In this research, students will partly focus on the present issues applying influences over their living conditions. The faith, which is a crucial component, will be proposed to students to explore as it is supposed to be a fascinating topic and different from Khmer majorities. Also, we will find out how they are able to preserve their cultural traditions even it’s currently under the management of government authorities. Increasingly, we will have a field trip to Mondulkiri, where Bunong communities are situated in, to discover directly from them by interviewing and seeing obvious aspects surrounding them. The trip will be collaborated with ICSO, which is closely working with indigenous communities in Cambodia. After seven weeks over the course, students will be able to illustrate their understandings of Bunong people and be aware of current issues they are facing, so they can find some solutions to cope with those. Students will publish a book with photographs, that will be described, they captured as their final product of the exploration to share with government schools in Cambodia, as well as the world. Additionally, they will have practiced with learning outcome skills such as interviewing, presentation, computer development and experienced learning outside the classroom and expertise with photographs.