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“By spending 10 years partnering with communities, you start to do these figure-eights, with one project morphing into another.”

not been disclosed publicly. Rai’s death gives the By that time, Rai had grown tired of the exhausting, documentary a retrospective feel — as much a redangerous work, and everyone knew that his honeyflection on Rai’s life as an adventure story. “The hunting days were winding down. whole narrative flow of the film is wondering who Making the film was “intense,” Ayers says. The else could do it after him,” Ayers said. “He’s the last project team (director Ben Knight, videographer honey hunter.” Renan Ozturk, writer Mark Synnott, and Ayers) ac In May, at the invitation of the companied Rai and his helpers as Bates Outing Club, of which Ayers they performed a ceremony with a was an active member, he screened shaman and then trekked 12 miles the 36-minute film at the college. through steep jungle terrain in “I’ve been fortunate to be able to monsoon season. To cross a river, understand him and know him they constructed a bamboo bridge. For updates on and be known by him, and be Then they followed Rai up the screenings and online trusted enough to be with this stocliff to the hives. Besides the cliffavailability of The Last Honey Hunter, go to ry and be able to share it,” Ayers side work, the project team also TheLastHoneyHunter.com. told his student audience. interviewed Rai’s team and other “Mauli likely is the last honey villagers, and they captured intiFor a behind-the-scenes hunter in that community, and for mate shots of daily life in Saddi. video about the making me to be able to bring him back to The harvest they chronicled of the film, go to Bates, where I feel very strongly turned out to be Rai’s last. Not bit.ly/honey-hunter. my own story began, has been a long after filming, the 58-year-old real privilege.” n honey hunter died; the cause has

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Honey hunter Mauli Dhan Rai winces as bees sting him during the harvest.

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Profile for Bates College

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...