Category Archives: Ethnobotany

“[The Jarawa’s] knowledge of indigenous plants, herbs, diseases, and creatures of the jungle is immense and needs no schooling. No one can really educate them further. It is we, who need to be educated because soon all this knowledge will evaporate, with the immanent danger of the extinction of the tribe.” – Anvita Abbi (Professor of Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University) on Survival International
https://www.notprimitive.in
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22274

“[Let us] use and share resources in a more sustainable and equitable manner” – Distinguished scientist M S Swaminathan in a video message on “Biodiversity”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaugUomFXIQ&feature=emb_logo
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=11066

“Irulas are specialists in traditional herbal medicine and healing practices. Irula vaidyars, mostly women, practice traditional healing systems, which use over 320 medicinal herbs. They treat several new-age diseases with a high success rate. People around the world realize that traditional healing practices must have a place in modern medicine. The Irula Tribal Women’s Welfare Society (ITWWS), established in 1986, focuses on this traditional science. A centre with training facilities and a medicinal garden has been established.” – “Irula’s tribal secrets unraveled”, Times of India (29 March 2005)
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Irulas-tribal-secrets-unraveled/articleshow/1064853.cms
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23336

“The plant diversity of western Madhya Pradesh is reducing at the fast rate due to anthropogenic disturbances and environmental degradation. [B]etter management and protection are important for the conservation of plant diversity in the region and also for the benefit of indigenous tribes of the state.” – Inventory of ethnobotanicals and other systematic procedures for regional conservation of medicinal and sacred plants (Article, 2015)
http://www.worldcat.org/title/inventory-of-ethnobotanicals-and-other-systematic-procedures-for-regional-conservation-of-medicinal-and-sacred-plants/oclc/5790792440&referer=brief_results
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=19510

“We are so much more than that”: Book by S. Swarnalatha documenting the lives her own community, the Irula, who are known for their knowledge of nature and medicinal herbs – Tamil Nadu & Kerala

“My grandmother told me if someone ever pointed out our dance movements are peculiar, we should tell them these are the feline steps of a hunter” | To read the full story, click here >> Swarnalatha belongs to the tribal … Continue reading

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eBook | Research on tribal communities, their customs, languages and rights facilitated by Indian universities: PhD theses published on Shodhganga (public access)

To focus on PhD theses, make sure you include “shodhganga” in your search About Shodhganga The Shodhganga@INFLIBNET Centre provides a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access. … Continue reading

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Tips | Biodiversity, ethnobotany, health and nutrition

Public health and food security depend on citizens’ willingness to “use and share resources in a sustainable and equitable manner”. The nation’s “primary conservers” – often tribal farmers – are now seen as guardians of biological diversity (Genome Saviour Award); and … Continue reading

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Resources for the classroom: Learning from and about India’s tribal communities, their culture and knowledge systems

“[I]t is some of the basic values and ideology imbibed in the traditional tribal socio-cultural milieus that should have been emulated and promoted amongst the non-tribal mainstream, not, as has been going on, the other way round.” Source: ’Who Is … Continue reading

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eJournal | Involving tribal communities in conservation: Sustainable resource use and forest conservation by the Kaani community of Kanyakumari – Tamil Nadu

Update 8 February 2018: see S. David Sargunam, Ch. 3, pp. 37-55 3. Sustainable resource use and forest conservation by the Kaani indigenous community of Kanyakumari forests in the Western Ghats, India published in:  Madhav Karki, Rosemary Hill, Dayuan Xue, … Continue reading

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