This documentary tells the story of an exhibition curated by members of the Museum of Voice and Adivasi Academy in Tejgadh, Gujarat on the occasion of the ‘Global Languages Meet’ and the Fourth Chotro conference 2012.

‘Through the eye of the ancestor’ is an exhibition of anthropological photography pertaining to the cultural heritage of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (Adivasi) of India. | More information >>

Source: courtesy Dr. Daniel Rycroft © 2012 University of East Anglia, UK
Duration: 15 min.

In January 2012, the Adivasi Museum of Voice held a unique exhibition near Tejgadh in the state of Gujarat, western India. Purvajo-ni-Aankh (Through the Eye of the Ancestors) was curated by Narayan Rathwa. The exhibition was held at the Koraj Hill, a site of ancestral crossings, aiming to generate awareness of the heritage of the Rathwa community. It explored the cultural and spiritual relationship between Rathwa people and the ancestors of the Indigenous and tribal peoples (Adivasis) of India.

The exhibition provided the opportunity for Rathwa people to bring the photographs into contact with other ancestral sites, away from the Koraj Hill. On this journey, the images entered people’s homes, lives and beliefs. No longer musuem pieces, the photographs were re-interpreted and treated as ancestral entities.

Exhibition — Museum of Voice
Conversations — Museum of Voice, Adivasi Academy, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre
Curators — Narayan Rathwa (Museum of Voice), Carola Krebs (Grassi Museum), Mark Elliott (Cambridge Museum)
Project facilitator — Ganesh Devy (Bhasha Research and Publication Centre)
Video and audio documentation — Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer
Additional video — Saurabh Agarwal
Online editor — Louise Chadwick
Film production — Sarah Godfrey (University of East Anglia)
Project co-director — Katja Mueller (Grassi Museum)
Project director — Daniel Rycroft (University of East Anglia)
©2012 University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

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