cultural transformation and ecological sustainability among the dai people in xishuangbanna

Submitted by James Miller on Mon, 03/26/2012 - 21:22
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A conservation biologist by training, I first arrived in Xishuangbanna because of my interest in the ecological value of sacred groves called “holy hills,” fragments of old-growth rainforest that remain protected by indigenous Dai people despite rapid deforestation due to the proliferation of rubber plantations. The Dai protect holy hills because they believe their gods…