Showcasing good practice through stories

“We have to write our own stories, about our issues, from our own perspectives” Abhay Xaxa, a “Fiercely Unapologetic Adivasi Scholar-Activist | Read more >>

Pride of place is given to good practice in contemporary education for and by tribal communities. The right to privacy among members of Indian tribal communities is respected at every stage of documenting their heritage. For these reasons, the foundation poses several questions to its partners before documenting and showcasing any aspect of tribal culture:

  • how can we assist members of tribal communities in their efforts to retain,  maintain and develop specific aspects of their cultural heritage?
  • what are the factors that keep this heritage accessible and meaningful also in future?
  • which factors will contribute to higher ethical standards when dealing with India’s tribal communities?
  • what can we learn from their way of life in terms caring fore nature, maintaining good health and protecting the environment we all depend on?

[S]torytelling at its best through true stories of a tribal people’s daily life, and the interferences and abuses of power that come from government officials, politicians, lawyers — exploiters and manipulators of every hue. The full joy of tribal life opens up in these pages without the slightest romanticisation.

Felix Padel reviewing Woodsmoke and Leafcups by Madhu Ramnath >>

The foundation subscribes to the view that learning from each other and telling stories means more than doing things the way they were done in the past.

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Tribal Arts in India >>

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