Indigenous people across North America are working to return thousands of sacred objects and ancestral remains, belongings that were taken and put in museums, galleries, private collections, and universities. […]
“Some of the struggles I think our people have is just the knowing that these things are elsewhere,” she said. “These things need to be made right.” The Royal BC Museum and the Haida Gwaii Museum recently published the Indigenous Repatriation Handbook. It is available for free online to support communities and museums in the repatriation of belongings. | Read the full story on the website of Canada’s CBC “Unreserved” series hosted by Rosanna Deerchild >>
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Tribal society still lives in the villages and large sections of this society have still not been exposed to allopathic medicines. Even today, while the government is growing and developing in areas where mineral extraction is limited to tribal areas, it is seen that diseases are still healed by the use of herbal medicine in these areas. Through these herbs it has been able to treat some of the Asagy diseases. Besides eating fruits and flowers, it is also used for the treatment of minor ailments. For example, the Adhul fruit-flowers provide great relief during abdominal pain. Despite the importance of these herbs, most of the flowers and trees are not considered suitable for scientific research. Yet, they continue to be used by tribal society. If scientific studies were made regarding these fruit-flowers, plants and trees, it could be very helpful in fighting diseases and drugs could be available at low cost to the public.
This paper will examine the role of the upcoming foreign markets in their research on indigenous medicine. In is unfortunate that forests containing these herbal plants are being destroyed by mining companies, hence indigenous knowledge, which is usually preserved in oral form, is also being destroyed and most people do not get to know the medicinal plants which are quite beneficial. Deviprasad Chattopadhyay in his book, Science and Society in Ancient India, rightly acknowledges that Ayurveda itself mentions that primitive tribes scattered in all corners of the world have knowledge of herbs as drugs for medical treatment. Hence, tribal knowledge of medicine which is found in a considerable amount of material availability in fauna is useful for therapy and healing.
BIONOTE: Arun Kumar Oraon is pursuing his PhD at the Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He may be contacted at the email ID: email@example.com
Fairness is integral to economic and political welfarism. It is only apt that those who provide a service are compensated adequately for their knowledge and labour. […]
The Uttarakhand High Court had to remind this ‘patriotic’ firm of the letter and the spirit of the legislation concerned. Fair and Equitable Benefit Sharing of the Biological Diversity Act — it was passed in Parliament in 2002 — makes it clear that the nation’s biological capital must be shared in a manner so that the benefits accrue to all stakeholders. […]
Recognizing the traditional knowledge of indigenous people as a ‘property right’, the court stated that the nation is not the only legitimate owner of such resources; local and tribal communities, many of whom function as repositories of such ancient wisdom, have a valid claim on them. It is thus imperative for commercial enterprises, be they Indian or otherwise, to make payments in return for their right to make use of this knowledge and the resources. […]
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“Gandhi believed that giving more importance, value and relevance to practical skills, and applying traditional knowledge to solving day-to-day problems were essential for the development of rural India.” – Bunker Roy, the founder of Barefoot College, which helps rural communities becomes self-sufficient
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Theme A boy tells a girl: At the foothill in the stone quarry, I see you carrying stone chips on your head and become sad, Muni. For money and earthly pleasure you spoil your youthful body and your soul. The girl tells the boy: What can I do, brother? I feel ashamed to tell the truth: I carry the stones shamelessly because of my drunkard father who does not work, and because of my sickly mother who cannot walk. I carry stones because of hunger.
Below the hill in the heap of stones
Seeing you carrying stone on your head makes me sad Muni
For the money and earthly joy you are spoiling your youthful body and soul.
What to do brother, shame to disclose,
I carry the stone shamelessly.
As my father is a drunkard and my mother squirreling,