Museum & Society – A re-evaluation of Adivasi Heritage by Prof. Ganesh Devy

“There is an intimate connection between the historical process of the creation of ‘Adivasi’ as a social category and the construction of the knowledge about the Adivasi communities as well as the popular imagery of Adivasis. Therefore, the management of memory in relation to the Adivasi communities is likely to run into contradictions when placed within the institutionalised and public spaces. In order to get beyond these contradictions, it becomes necessary to privilege the oral over the written, and myth over history. In return, of course, the established institutions of managing memory stand to gain by the theoretical complexities posed by the Adivasi heritage to the current museum practices in India. I intend to demonstrate this view with reference to the Museum of Adivasi Voice at Tejgadh.” […]

Ganesh Devy (*1950) is founder and director of the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh, Gujarat and founding member of the BHASHA Research & Publication Centre Baroda, that are devoted to the concerns and human rights of the Adivasi communities as well as the preservation and revitalisation of Adivasi languages. In addition to that Ganesh Devy works as an author, publisher and literary critic. He has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for `After Amnesia’, the SAARC Writers’ Foundation Award and recently the Linguapax Award. Currently Devy works as professor at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar.

Source: FAAKIR – The Future of Anthropology’s Archival Knowledge: an International Reassessment
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