Extreme Khmer Episode 16a: The Kuy, the Elephant Trainers

September 28, 2008 by  

Finally, Season Three of Extreme Khmer is here! According to our tradition, we begin in Surin, where we interview an 80-year-old Kuy man about his experiences trapping and training elephants in Cambodia and Thailand. Check out the extras to this episode on studykhmer.com, plus watch a higher-quality version of the video.

Duration : 0:8:3


11 Responses to “Extreme Khmer Episode 16a: The Kuy, the Elephant Trainers”

  1. alien7blood on September 28th, 2008 10:48 pm

    thanks frank. …
    thanks frank. we’ve missed you and your videos. cant wait for the next one. im glad you did a kuy video cuz im part kuy.

  2. Shadao38 on September 28th, 2008 10:48 pm

    The Guy in the …
    The Guy in the black with the mike…He has an accent…is he french? what his name?

  3. usakhru on September 28th, 2008 10:48 pm

    I think he is khmer …
    I think he is khmer. Most Kuys could speak khmer.

  4. MrOddarMeanChey on September 28th, 2008 10:48 pm

    Awesome! My Grandma …
    Awesome! My Grandma tells me that Kuy use to go catch Elephants in Oddar Mean Chey when she was younger.

  5. usakhru on September 28th, 2008 10:48 pm

    Thanks Frank, for …
    Thanks Frank, for sharing.I’ve been waiting for your new video. Finally, I get to wach it.

  6. letterzrnumbers on September 28th, 2008 10:48 pm

    thanks for sharing …
    thanks for sharing :)

  7. sndramafnatic23 on September 28th, 2008 10:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing. …
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Vannsok Vansakd on June 28th, 2009 12:02 pm

    I love Sorin people.

  9. Vansakd on May 11th, 2011 12:50 pm

    I was born in Kuy community in Perk village,preah Vihear province in Cambodia. I had spent 5 years to live in this village before I moved with my family to live in the Saang town,Chey Sand district,the Khmer community. While i lived there, I played with Kuy children such as swimming in one small river in front of my grand father’s house,being shepherd with my cousin,go to hunt some small bird and animal for food and picking up some fruit from forest. I really like these life style. The kuy community people live in peace and help each other. They like to transplant some fruit tree such as coconut,orange,mango,banana and jack fruit. My grand father is the influential people in this village. He is the head of Perok village that was loved and respected by all the villagers. Even though I leaved this village to study in University at Phonom Penh for a long time, I always memorize what i did with children there. My goal is to go to see Kuy villages in Thailand.

  10. Dan Koehl on July 31st, 2012 4:56 pm

    The old mans name is Mew Salangam, and he is one of the last “Mor Chang” which is a title given to high ranked elephant trainers. He lives in the elephant village Baan Ta Klang, an hour north of Surin town. I have an interview with him at http://dankoehl.blogspot.com/2011/11/interview-with-veteran-mahout-mew.html

  11. admin on March 4th, 2013 6:22 pm


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