Surer Rare Old Karen Hill Tribe Coconut Husking Tool Stool Elephant Design
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SURER RARE! Old Karen Hill Tribe Coconut Husking Tool Stool
Authentic and rare Karen Hill Tribe coconut husking tool and stool. Formerly used by Karen Hill Tribe to husk coconuts. This ingenious devise allows the user to sit on the stool and easily use the metal coconut husker that is fixed to the front on the stool. Also, the top of the stool opens allowing the user to store other items. Authentic old hill tribe antiques such as this are becoming more and more rare as the hill tribe people become more integrated into modern society. This hand carved masterpiece had a magnificent bull Asian elephant design. The elephant is most revered of all creatures by the Karen people. According to Karen folk lure, elephants are believed to bring good luck and elephant carvings and likenesses are very common and they also are believed to bring protection and good luck.This is not a reproduction, it is an authentic Karen coconut husker that has been used.I got it during a trip to the Golden Triangle Regionwhere the Karen Hill Tribe live. (Note the photo of me with a couple of Karen Hill Tribe women). I have included a brief history of the Karen People below. Also, check out the photos (above) I recently took of elephants being transported by truck from Fae's Elephant Hospital in Lampang Thailand.
Dimensions: Approx 18 inches X 13 inches X 12 inches.
Materials:Teak Wood & Iron
Weight: Approx: 8 Kilos.
Age: 19th Century
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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KAREN PEOPLE
For centuries much of the population of northern Thailand has been composed of ethnic groups commonly known as 'hilltribes'. The largest of these is the Karen group numbering around 400,000 in Thailand.
The two main Karen groups in Thailand are the Sgaw and Pwo Karen. The Karen Hilltribes Trust works with the largest, the Sgaw Karen, who live in the Khun Yuam and Mae La Noi districts of the Mae Hong Son Province.
Their history in northern Thailand can be traced back to the twelfth century. It is thought that Karen originally came from Tibet, through China, and eventually to Thailand.
In Thailand they mostly live in the more remote mountainous areas due west of Chiang Mai. They are subsistence farmers who live at peace with nature and the forests. The Karen settled in what is termed the 'middle level' in the mountains, namely between 800 and 1,800 meters.
They were semi-nomadic people using swidden (slash and burn) farming methods, moving around on a seven year cycle. However, around 1968 the Government insisted that they must stop moving around. They were offered Thai ID and land rights if they could prove longevity. Now they are settled but their lifestyle is still influenced by their culture