The Kri

Life in one of the most biodiverse places on earth

The Map

The Kri are 324 people, living in the Nakai District of Khammouan Province, Laos. The Nam Theun biodiversity conservation area is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet… The Kri live deep inside this place and rely almost entirely on the forest that surrounds them for their livelihood.

The back story

This project arises from a long-term field research project (since 2004) documenting the language and culture of Kri-speaking people. This work is carried out by Nick Enfield, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. The work that has fed into this web publication was funded by the Max Planck Society (through Stephen C. Levinson’s Language and Cognition Group), the European Research Council (through the grant Human Sociality and Systems of Language Use), and the University of Sydney (through the grants Language and Rural Society in Laos and Language and Ethnicity in Contact: a Case Study in Upland Laos).

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