Field Notes

The Edamalayar People

The Muthuvar people in the upper catchment of Chalakudy river (tributary of Periyar in Kerala) are unique in more ways than one. Unlike the Kadar people of the region, who were documented in depth by British anthropologists and surveyors, the Muthuvar folk are agrarian. They largely occupy forested valleys in the neighbouring districts of Idukki …

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Lessons in sustainability

Getting shortlisted for the Outlook Traveller Responsible Tourism award under the category of Sustainable Leadership and Conservation got us a bit reflective. The forest produce based enterprise building at Forest Post is an effort to securing Adivasi livelihoods. Although we aren’t sure how much our network of harvester men and women actually understand Forest Rights …

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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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