Category Archives: Success story

“As local and indigenous groups across the tropics demonstrate and exemplify sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by celebrating them on an international stage.” – Equator Initiative of the United Nations which recognizes outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity Global Programe on Nature for Development
https://www.equatorinitiative.org/equator-prize/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=46483

“These women are doing it every day, and how!” – Jovita Aranha on the Halpati community of Gujarat whose entrepreneurial journey ended exploitation without financial help from anybody; in “Of Spice & Spirit” (The Better India, 3 July 2018)
https://www.thebetterindia.com/148422/spice-saumya-omer-gujarat-tribe/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25808

“Birsa’s life was driven by poverty, but he still set a powerful example for the youth to emulate by giving more to society than what is taken.” – Ramya in “Remembering Birsa Munda: A Tribal Folk Hero And Freedom Fighter” (Outlook, 14 November 2020)
https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/opinion-remembering-birsa-munda-a-tribal-folk-hero-and-freedom-fighter/364269
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=14270

“Rural India’s diversity is well known. Yet the fact that more than 833 million people live in India’s villages, speak over 780 languages, and use 86 different scripts should make us pause to consider the cultural vastness of an India we urbanites know so little about. […]
PARI [People’s Archive of Rural India] is not only archiving invaluable materials about rural India, but also developing a cadre of knowledgeable reporters who can report from rural India about its realities. This digital archive has already received some significant awards for its work [and] seeks to continue its efforts to push the borders of digital multimedia and take journalism, arts, crafts, and literature out of the hands of corporations and hand it back to people.” – Jael Silliman in “Voices from the countryside” (The Telegraph, 12 November 2016)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21398

“The relative backwardness of scheduled tribes may not disappear through the overall development of a state and that may require special efforts. […] However, the life of Scheduled Tribes in certain parts of India is relatively better.” – V. Santhakumar, Azim Premji University in: “It is possible to have a better life for Scheduled Tribes in India!” (Economics in Action, 4 May 2018)
https://vsanthakumar.wordpress.com
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=24803

“We need that biodiversity to survive.” – Julia Watson, architect and assistant professor at Columbia University, whose work revolves around nature-based technologies of indigenous knowledge in “The ingenious living bridges of India” by Zinara Rathnayake (BBC, 18th November 2021)
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211117-how-indias-living-bridges-could-transform-architecture
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=18841

“[Dr. Boro] Baski, who holds a doctorate in education and a master’s in social work from Viswa Bharati University, says he is happy being an educator. He has become a strong voice of the community not just in India but elsewhere, writing articles and books, and representing his community at conferences.” – Rosemary Marandi in “The Indian school where Indigenous children are never outsiders” (Aljazeera.com Education, 10 February 2020)
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indian-school-indigenous-children-outsiders-200128131128144.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34790

Listen patiently to the tribals, with their immense knowledge and creativity: The key to preserving nature while ending widespread exploitation and stigmatization of women

In contemporary practice, the tribal memory is greatly undermined. There is general insistence that tribal children attend schools where non-tribal children attend schools, that they use medicines manufactured for others and that they adopt common agricultural practices. All because the … Continue reading

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eBook | Online resource: “Tribes of India: The Struggle for Survival” by Christoph Fürer-Haimendorf

This book tells of observations among Indian tribal populations spanning the period from 1940 to 1980. Ever since 1936, when a study of the Konyak Nagas marked the beginning of my career as an anthropological field-worker, I have maintained contacts with Indian … Continue reading

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The “master honey hunters” of Wayanad’s forests: Kattunayikka tribesmen’s involvement for sustainable harvesting – Kerala

By K R Rajeev [Times of India, 18 May 2017] KOZHIKODE: Heavy summer rain has turned out to be manna from the skies for tribal honey hunters in Wayanad, the leading wild honey producing region in the state. The massive blooming … Continue reading

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“Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Ethics” – The Kaani of Tamil Nadu and Kerala

By Davidson Sargunam Indigenous peoples are ethnic groups native to a land or region. Usually they have a close relation to the land and live in consonance with nature. They believe that land and people are inseparable and interdependent. It is this aspect of their lifestyle-the intertwining of their … Continue reading

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International Mother Language Day (annually observed on 21 February): “Language teaching and particularly multilingual education are a key factor in the development of understanding among peoples and dialogue for peace” – Unesco

How to celebrate Mother Language Day in your school | Read the full post by Unesco for updates >> Schoolteachers Encourage children to use their mother languages to introduce themselves and talk about their families and culture Celebrate culture by having them read … Continue reading

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