A Day With The Locals Of Spiti Valley

5th Oct 2015
Throwback to the day i worked with the locals of Spiti, helping them in thrashing barley, pottery and cattle herding. *phew*

Never done any of that before. 
An intriguing concept/belief from the locals to take note of - blowing low pitched whistles while thrashing ensures that the wind keeps flowing. Aka winnowing. 

So you just scoop the stuff in a special giant fork like winnowing thing (the one that I'm holding). The wind blew the light pieces off to the side while the grain fell almost straight back down. 

Sounds fun? With the whistles, it is. 

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Barley thrashing at Langza village

Photo of Langza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ina Aditi Solanki