Category Archives: Ethnobotany

Distinguished scientist M S Swaminathan has appealed “to use and share resources in a more sustainable and equitable manner”, listing joint efforts since the 1992 “Earth Summit” which became enshrined in India’s “Biodiversity Act” and “Genome Saviour Award” (instituted to reward those who are primary conservers of biological diversity).
Public debates involve the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) which credits Adivasi communities “with the knowledge of about 9,000 species of plants, including 7,500 used for human healing and veterinary health care. Dental care products like datun, roots and condiments like turmeric used in cooking and ointments are also the discoveries of Adivasi, as are many fruit trees and vines. Ayurvedic cures for arthritis and night blindness owe their origins to Adivasi knowledge.”

Contribution of Tribal Society to Modern Medicine – “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – New Delhi

Abstract 4: Contribution of Tribal Society to Modern Medicine Paper presented for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – New Delhi  ARUN KUMAR ORAON Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi KEYWORDS: TRIBE, INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, AYURVEDA, … Continue reading

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Tips | Nature, wildlife and more

“Gandhi believed that giving more importance, value and relevance to practical skills, and applying traditional knowledge to solving day-to-day problems were essential for the development of rural India.” – Bunker Roy, the founder of Barefoot College, which helps rural communities becomes … Continue reading

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“Native science” in food systems: a wide range of tribal processes of perceiving, thinking, acting, and ‘coming to know’’

Read the full paper by Sam Grey & Raj Patel along with References here >> […] An intimate, long-term relationship with traditional territories also gives rise to Indigenous systems of governance, social organization, and science. Philosopher Gregory Cajete refers to … Continue reading

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Heralding social and economic actions: Hunting and food gathering in Durwa culture – Bastar

“Just as hunting is also about territory, the actions of food gathering links Durwa culture to language and metaphor to perceptions in ecology, and gives it a unique vantage from which to view a forest based lifestyle.” | Read the … Continue reading

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Learn more about tribal communities in Kerala

The Indian state of Kerala has a high literacy rate and human development index compared to other states in India. But this has not extended to the tribal population of the state. Female tribal populations are particularly disadvantaged for a … Continue reading

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