We Have Not Done This Alone
A wholesome thank you goes to the Doi Mot, Pang Daeng, Mae Lue, Hin Lad Nai, Nong Hoi, Pumuen, and Ban Nam Bor Noi (Tior) village communities, as well as the other villages I had the privilege of more briefly visiting.
Tuangporn “Mink” Wiroonchatapunth, thank you for taking me to Mae Lue village and introducing me to Weerayut “Yuut” Choksuksiangwiwek and his family, as well as the loving warmth of the Karen people. Thank you Forlae and family of Pumuen village for opening up your life to us.
Carina zur Strassen (Ph.D.): thank you for your honest and pinpointed analysis and your awareness of how each person and situation is individual and unique. Robert Baldwin, thank you for your stable friendship and non-judgment, and for straightening out my thoughts with your text editing. Gratitude is also for Elena Rueckheim, for your help with getting me get started with structuring this material — clarity.
Aaron España, thank you for the editing, for interviewing us, and for your uplifting gift of pointing out what’s important. Thank you, Wanake “Oui” Jantarathip, for your artistic input and overall personal support. Wattana Wattanapun, your paintings have added another highly meaningful and important dimension to this body of work; thank you for this contribution.
Siriyapan (“Ehh”) Chaimongkol, it is because of our special relationship and rural Thailand motorcycle adventures that I have attained understanding into any of what this book contains. Stuart Land: Sometimes, all someone really needs in life is for someone to take notice. Your personal and professional support has been pivotal and life changing. I will be forever grateful. Kjell Skyllstad: You are a man of true power and nobility; your life has proven this. You are a role model, and I am honored to have received your supportive wind underneath my wings.
We would also like to thank Esso for the camera work and overall support. And, all of you non-native English speakers who contributed to this project by using your voice to represent the “villagers’ voices:” Bang, Yaw Zar, Otome, (list additional names here).
A big thank you must be given to our extended family, for your support.
Gratitude also goes to the others around the world whom we may have not mentioned here by name, both long-time friends and those met in passing.
If you somehow know that “Indigenous Voices” exists, you have likely contributed in some way, and I sincerely appreciate your interest and support.
Thank you, all.