Adivasis – the Knowledge-Keepers

by Soma K P & Richa Audichya

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.51, Jun 25 – Jul 1, 2017

Like most villages in the Abu Road region of Rajasthan, India, Nichlagarh is a predominantly adivasi village. Consisting of about 650 households in five hamlets, the village is spread over an undulating hilly, forested terrain, with streams, water check dams (nadis) and patches of mixed deciduous forests. Most women work hard on their fields or foraging from the forest to meet the needs of their households, while men work on their small tracts of agricultural land or work outside the village or on others’ fields. The women regard the forests as their domain and their culture, and their lives are intricately woven into the weft and warp of their forest commons. It was the adivasi women who drew attention to the region in 2010 when they took the initiative to organise a Dharna or nonviolent mass sit-in strike, and blocked traffic on the highway. They were demanding recognition of their rights to the forest.Read More »

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