Mahout, or Mahoot, is an Indian word for an elephant rider, trainer or keeper. In fact, theres more terms as follows:

Camp head mahout Elephant head mahout Elephant assistant mahout
India (general) Jamedar Mahout Kawadi
Kerala (India) ? Aanakaran ?
Nepal Phanet Pachuwa Mahout
Burma ? Oozie ?
Thailand ? Kao-Chang ?

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