Month: September 2021

Send a post card!

A friend once suggested I send postcards to the women in these villages, to find out about a harvest season or to intimate them of a production schedule. I just wasn’t sure how many days that would take, or was there a way to ensure it will reach them! And then, would they write back?! …

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On an Adivasi Trail

For centuries, the Kadar, Muthuvar and Malayar folk have traversed these mountains and crossed the streams and rivers. In the British times, when the forests were opened up for plantations in the Valparai plateau, the Kadar people were referred to as the Kings of the Forests. Even today, they venture far away from their homes …

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Dear Friend, You are Stepping in to Ancestral Kadar Land

In 2009, the Kadar, Muthuvar, and Malayar inhabting these mountain slopes claimed their ancestral rights on the forests. This was an important milestone in forest conservation, and is called Community Forest Rights (CFR). These indigenous communities are guardians of the trees, the river and the wildlife. Decisions concerning natural resource use are taken by the …

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