“We plant the trees for our children in the memory of our elders who planted for us”: Trees are indispensable for India’s tribal communities

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My image shows the museum as a tree. It’s a strange tree. Things are a bit upside down and it’s a little frightening. Right on top, I’ve given it the shape of a drum that can be played. The branches are like paths leading to different places – paintings, objects, and houses. People come to look at these things. The tree contains the gods and goddesses of many different communities. – Bhajju Shyam/Gond, Madhya Pradesh
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Source: Can it be a peacock or a tree? Tribal and folk artists reimagine museums in new book
Address: https://scroll.in/article/771274/can-it-be-a-peacock-or-a-tree-tribal-and-folk-artists-reimagine-museums-in-new-book
Date Visited: Fri Jun 10 2016 18:08:05 GMT+0200 (CEST)

Every monsoon, the Gond and Korku tribes of Madhya Pradesh’s Betul and Harda districts celebrate Hari Jiroti. It is a month-long festival of greenery, during which the tribals plant saplings of fruit-bearing trees. “We plant the trees for our children in the memory of our elders who planted for us,” says Fundia Bai Parte of Korku village in Betul. | To read the full article, click here >>

Source: “Protectors dubbed criminals” by Aparna Pallavi (Down To Earth 7 June 2015)
Address: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/protectors-dubbed-criminals-38993
Date Visited: 2 August 2020

Plantation of Mahua trees needs to be encouraged given the level of depletion of resources. [p. 3]

Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers across the country collect and sell a range of forest produces to earn a living. Forest produces not only commands a large share but also a critical element in their livelihood basket. The timing and the cash yielding nature of a large number of forest produces make it an indispensable part of their life. The income from forest produces goes as investment in agriculture, serves as the risk hedging instrument in crop loss years, meets requirements of health emergencies and major consumption expenditures like clothes and festivals.

India has about 16000 recorded plant species. Of these 3000 yield minor forest produces(MFPs).

Nearly 100 million tribals and other forest dwellers of the country depend on MFPs for sustenance and as a supplement to their income. [p. 4]

Source: Report of the Study on Mahua Sub Sector For Chhattisgarh State Institute of Rural Development Department of Panchayat & Rural Development, Govt. of Chhattisgarh Nimora, Raipur (C.G.) – 492015
Accessed: 10 June 2016

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On their birthday, every girl along with other girls and women offer prayers to the trees.  […]

Piplantri has turned almost into an oasis and it is surrounded by a large number of trees | Learn more >>

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