The hunter-gatherers, according to history text books, are a group of primeval people who lived tens of thousands of years ago, before agriculture and animal husbandry was invented.
It’s a hard life and one that many have abandoned in the millennia since.
But deep in the remote forests of Nepal, a small group of nomadic people, the Raute, still live off the land by trapping wildlife and foraging for the rest.
These candid images, taken by photographer Andrew Newey in the Surkhet region of eastern Nepal, shows how they spend their lives living in very basic and rural conditions.
Everyone in the tribe, no matter their age, contribute to village life in some way.
Now, numbering less than 150, they are truly a disappearing tribe. The Raute people rely heavily on their environment as they don’t plant anything. Here a tribe member chops a tree.These images of the Raute people were take by photographer Andrew Newey in the Surkhet region of eastern Nepal. Above – the women wearing bright clothing.Regardless of age, everyone in the tribe contributes to the society – from cutting trees to sorting through grain. Here a child carries cut wood on his back.As nomads, the Raute are constantly on the move. No one in the tribe has jobs or goes to school. Above, a little girl in traditional dress.Like the hunter-gatherers tens of thousands years ago, the roles in the tribe are gender based. Pictured are women sorting through grains and cooking.The Raute are adept at fashioning things out of wood, which they would then trade for clothes and other items when needed.Very little is known about the Raute people as they prefer to keep to themselves to themselves and rarely interact with other local people.It’s a hard life for the Raute – that’s made even harder by their disappearing habitats. This means that they are forced to move around very frequently.In recent years, with forests slowly disappearing, the Raute people have been forced to interact with other locals more and more.Traditionally, the Raute people stay in tents made from leaves and branches, with coloured fabrices used for added protection from the elements.