Moken Against Marine Debris

We need your vote! Help us get $5,000 for Moken-led beach restoration. We have partnered with our friends at Global Purpose to apply for a grant, and we need help to get the most votes. Please go to and vote for Global Purpose It only takes 1 minute to cast your vote. Moken-led beach restoration In 2020, a group of Moken elders proposed an innovative project to connect conservation, cultural empowerment, and meaningful work for adults who are unemployed due [...]

2021-02-03T11:54:27+00:00February 3rd, 2021|News|0 Comments

Reflecting ahead

The following reflections were inspired by the questions asked through an interview by Biliana Boneva, a journalist from Bulgarian National Television: Hooks Reflections: Introducing myself: My name is Hook I am Moken. My parents saw the changes coming for the Moken and they felt the need to teach us both cultures. So, I grew up attending Thai school on the mainland while also learning the way of life of the Moken, living on the Kabang. I have seen the differences in [...]

2020-04-03T22:24:36+00:00April 3rd, 2020|News|0 Comments

Houseboat Revival – high hopes on the high seas

After a decade of absence, there is a Kabang sailing the North Andaman Coast again. Moving with the wind and waves, we embrace the past to look ahead. Trusting the same ancient knowledge that has guarded the Moken sea nomads for many centuries, we are sailing on the last Kabang houseboat to continue the legacy. The knowledge of the Moken has been passed down in stories and skills from generation to generation. My husband Hook belongs to the last generation that was touched by the [...]

2020-01-13T17:16:27+00:00January 13th, 2020|News|1 Comment

Moken Fire Recovery Update, May 2019

The Rains Have Come, The Park is Closed The National Park on Surin closed 5 days before the official end of the season due to bad weather. The Park is open for tourism from November to May, during the dry season. The tourism season is when Moken make most of their income, working 7 months of the year for the park, various speedboat companies, and jobs on the mainland. The monsoon is when the Moken come together, as the men returning from dry season employment [...]

2019-05-26T19:09:56+00:00May 26th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Two Months After the Fire – New Houses are Complete

All Moken have moved from their temporary shelters into new homes. In total there are 61 new identical houses, built of wooden beams and thatch walls. In addition to housing, the government has also provided bedding and basic kitchen items. As the hard-working soldiers have moved on, the villagers are finishing the last construction details by themselves such as the fence around the front porch and added a bamboo frame to stabilize the palm-leaf roofs. For the interior, Moken men are busy building racks and [...]

2019-04-23T20:55:21+00:00April 23rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

Long periods of waiting. Updates from the Moken Village

Although the houses are almost ready, they are still waiting for the third and final delivery of nipa palm leafs. The leafs are used to cover the roof and the sides of the houses. The authorities have been searching three different provinces for the leafs. There are many different types of nipa palm, but the ones they are searching for are of very good quality and harder to find in Thailand. When the second delivery of nipa palm leafs arrived in the National park boat [...]

2019-03-27T09:52:57+00:00March 22nd, 2019|News|0 Comments

Moken Village Update – One Month After

The first houses are finished. A team of soldiers has been staying in the bay with the Moken, and together they have been working hard every day in the burning sun. The National Park has kindly been providing three hot meals a day for over a month now. At the moment there is a construction pause, as people wait for more material to be delivered. The village is a massive construction site with 60 skeletons that will soon be [...]

2019-03-27T09:52:07+00:00March 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Reconstruction disregards Moken wishes, reintroduces fire risk – The Guardian

An article published by the Guardian recounts the burning of the Moken village on Koh Surin and its aftermath. As amenities are still lacking and must be shared among the 273 people whose homes were destroyed, “daily life is challenging.” After the incident, the park authorities and the Thai navy quickly stepped in to provide financial, material, and organizational assistance to the Moken. However, the article criticizes their rushed initiative to restore the village to its previous state. For one, crowding the many small huts, [...]

2019-03-27T09:50:47+00:00March 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Moken Village Fire Update Day 16 – The struggle over land

The use of land is the center of the ongoing struggle between the Moken people on Surin and the National Park. While Moken have an unwritten right by ancestry, the National Park claims with all written laws to protect the environment from people. After the 2004 Tsunami when the Moken were "asked" to merge their previous two villages into one single bay another big change occurred: the Moken were moved up on the beach. Prior to the tsunami, they built houses on stilts along the [...]

2019-03-27T09:49:53+00:00February 23rd, 2019|News|1 Comment

Moken Village Fire Update Day 12

Hook rushed to Bangkok on Monday to attend a meeting with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plants (DNP). The topic of the meeting was actually the issues facing an indigenous people living within a National Park in the Northern Thailand. However, as all many high level officials were present, it was the right space for Hook to let the voice of his people be heard. The DNP officials received Hook with an open mind and listened to his concern that the new village [...]

2019-03-27T09:49:00+00:00February 18th, 2019|News|0 Comments
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