Tribal voices worth listening to: On culture, land rights, employment, education and indigenous languages – Andaman, Kerala & Odisha

Dongria Kondh woman in millet field, Orissa, India © Toby Nicholas/Survival

Unless we affirm our culture and right and language, we won’t live. Our colour is good, our language is good, our art is good, our way of living is good. If we can respect your religion and your practices, why can’t you respect ours?’ – G. Thenadikulam, Wayanad District
‘We say, ‘you don’t have to take care of us. We’ll take care of ourselves. We’ll lead our lives the way we know.’ – Arjun Chandi, Majhi Kondh
Land is what will see us through, not only us but our children. We will not give up our land for anything in this world. If we give our land for mining it will not make our lives any better. In fact, we will end up with no jobs, no land and no home.’ – S. Pollanna, Ananthagiri
‘[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
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Source: Proud not primitive info – Survival International
Date Visited: Mon Apr 24 2017 12:42:34 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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