Mayalmit Lepcha standing on the confluence of the Teesta and Rongyong rivers
View of the Majestic Mount Kanchendzonga from Lingthem village, Upper Dzongu
Mayalmit’s sketch of the completed and proposed hydropower projects on River Teesta and Rongyong
Protest against Teesta Stage IV hydropower project Credit: Soumik Datta
Crack on road in Hee Gyathang Gram Panchayat after a recent landslide in 2022
Focused group discussion with Sangha of Dzongu
Kunzang is a young mun priest from Hee Gyathang Village in Lower Dzongu
Altar at the house of Ren Likden Rongkup
Buddhist monk Ren Likdem Rongkup praying at the Passingdang monastery in Upper Dzongu. (Credit: Nikhil Roshan, source: Vikalp Sangam)
The sacred Tungkyong Dho lake in Hee Gyeethang GPU, Lower Dzongu
Mayalmit’s homestay in Hee Gyathang village, Lower Dzongu.
Posters of Namprikdang Namsoong festival and Chalum damroo festival, designed by Crinchen Lepcha[1] [2] Source: Namprikdang Namsoong Festival Facebook page and Chalum Damroo Festival Facebook page

Lepcha Version: In search of Mayal Lyang: Harnessing the power of stories through community-led research to preserve Lepcha indigenous culture in India

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