Category Archives: Western Ghats – tribal heritage & ecology

A mountainous region biologists describe as “one of only nine hottest hotspots” in the world while seeking support for listing it as Unesco World Heritage Site. – Raviprasad Kamila in “Support Unesco tag to save Western Ghats (The Hindu, 11 August 2012)
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3753612.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=7495

“Once, I was walking with this young tribal girl through the forest and we stumbled upon a tuber. She plucked it, cut the eye of the tuber and buried it in the mud before taking it to be cooked. I asked her why she did so and she replied ‘If I don’t put it back, how will it grow again?’ and that moment made me realise how sensitive tribals are towards environment and nature. For them, putting back what they take is inherent in their culture and lifestyle.” – Mari Marcel Thekaekara (writer and Co-founder of ACCORD-Nilgiris), quoted in The Hindu (27 January 2017)
https://www.thehindu.com/society/A-messenger-from-the-mountains/article17102329.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22373

“UNESCO adds India’s Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve [resting half in Kerala and half in Tamil Nadu along the Western Ghats] to its list of perfect biospheres: Tribal settlements within the reserve rely on the forests and its 14 rivers for their livelihood. Kanikkarans, the area’s indigenous tribe, rely on agriculture, fishing and hunting. They live in huts made of bamboo and are known for medicinal healing through plants. However, while most of them have moved out of forests, there is still a small population that lives around the Agasthyamala region. To promote sustainability, several programs have been setup to reduce the 3000-strong tribal population from using up all the resources, according to the UNESCO. Some of them also take up employment with the government as guides for tourists coming to the sanctuaries.” – Neeti Vijaykumar in “Agasthyamala Part of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Network” (The Better India, 21 March 2016)
https://www.thebetterindia.com/49714/agasthyamala-unesco-biosphere-reserve-network/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=20921

“Earlier the Halakkis resided at the foothills of the Western Ghats and were known to practice a system of agriculture similar to that of the Thodas of the Nilgiris. They also depended on forest produce and were known to hunt. When a ban was imposed on hunting and their traditional system of agriculture they began migrating to the flatlands, seashores and riversides. At present agriculture is still the predominant occupation. […] Despite their contact with the mainstream world both in terms of people and access to television and other media, I saw Halakki women more often than not in traditional attires.” – Vicky Lakshmanan in “The Halakki people of Uttara Kannada district”
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=14801

Toda cultural heritage and education: Nilgiri mountains – Tamil Nadu

A visit to the Toda hamlet known as Taranadmund near Ooty makes it clear that for the Toda community, cultural heritage is part of everyday life and worship. The local economy continues to involve buffalo rearing. As the Tamil Nadu … Continue reading

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Film and Television Institute of India & Tribal Institute team up: Projecting “the uniqueness of these tribes across the state” – Maharashtra

Rohan Swamy Tags : films, FTII Posted: Fri Apr 30 2010, 00:48 hrs Pune: In a first-of-its-kind project, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has teamed up with Pune-based Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI) to make films … Continue reading

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The world’s largest and strongest spiderweb: Long used by tribal people and “set to become a major product” – Western Ghats

Golden Orb Web Spider, Nephila maculata, Giant Wood Spider World distribution: Tropical areas from Africa, India, China, Japan across Southeast Asia to Northern Australia and the South Pacific islands. Webs of steel: The Golden Orb Web Spider is not the … Continue reading

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Tip | Learn more about bees and honey: “What if bees did not exist?”

The role of bees in any economy is well understood, and the disappearance of indigenous bee populations is alarming to scientists all over the world: Bees are some of nature’s most fascinating creatures, they are also incredibly important. Their intimate … Continue reading

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Lighting up villages with solar power and doing other challenging things: Kudumbashree Adivasi women’s group of Edamalakudi – Kerala

The adivasi women of Edamalakudi, Kerala’s remotest panchayat, have formed a headload workers’ group, helped light up their villages with solar power, and practice group farming in wild elephant territory. All are Muthavan tribals. Almost all are members of Kerala’s … Continue reading

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