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Forest Tribes of Orissa: The Kuttia Kondh (Volume 2)

Klaus Seeland (Author) Mihir K. Jena (Author) Padmini Pathi (Author) Kamala K. Patnaik (Author) Man and Forest Series
Synopsis In the management of renewable resources, forests have undeniably a vital role and today, as never before, their conservation is an urgency. In view of this dire necessity, the series Man and Forest tries to highlight the relevance of indigenous knowledge of various South Asian tribal communities in the sustainable management of forests/local resources - more specially against the growing challenges of economic development vis-?-vis environmental hazards and a rapidly declining resource base. A scientific inquiry into indigenous knowledge is an effort to discover/ rediscover the tribals traditional modes of production and conservation. For them it is the only source to cope with the problems of modernity affecting their lives and precarious environments. Forest Tribes of Orissa: The Kuttia Kondh is the sixth monograph in the series of monographs of Man and Forest and, after the publication of an account of the forest world of the Dongaria Kondh in 2002, the second volume to deal with an aboriginal tribe of Orissa. Being a tribal community in transition, the authors have tried to document and thus safeguard its local traditional knowledge of conservation, use and management of forests and natural resources. They give an account of how the Kuttia Kondh Classify trees and other plants, hills, forests, crops and animals. Their subsistence economy, agricultural system, social organization, religious beliefs and other important socio-cultural aspects of forest life have been extensively treated. The lifestyle of this tribal community is finally reflected on the background of forest policy and the impact it has on their livelihood. The present book is, as most of the volumes in the series, the outcome of nearly ten-year's research venture involving an interdisciplinary, intercultural team of sociologists, ethnobotanists, social anthropologists and other social scientists.
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About the authors

Klaus Seeland

Klaus Seeland is a sociologist and senior lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and professor of sociology at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He initiated and co-ordinated research on indigenous knowledge in several parts of India and the Himalayas and was project leader of the research project Man and Forest for more than a decade.

Mihir K. Jena

Mihir K. Jena holds a PhD in ethnobotany from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. For more than ten years Dr. Jena did extensive fieldwork on indigenous knowledge of several tribes of Orissa. At present he works as a consultant for Indian and foreign Non-Governmental Organizations in Bhubaneswar.

Padmini Pathi

Padmini Pathi is a social anthropologist with a  wide range of experience in anthropological research. For more than a decade she worked among the forest dwelling tribes of Central Orissa, such as the Kuttia Kondh, the Dongaria Kondh and the Lanjia Saora. At the moment she is finishing her PhD on the iconography of the Lanjia Saora at Utkal University.

Kamala K. Patnaik

Kamala K. Patnaik is retired professor of Botany and former member of the Orissa public Service Commission. Dr. Patnaik's paticular specialisation is research on indigenous knowledge of the medicinal use of plants in the tribal cultures of Orissa. For eight years she was Vice Director of the research project Man and Forest.

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Title Forest Tribes of Orissa: The Kuttia Kondh (Volume 2)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124603499, 9788124603499
length xxxii+551p., Tables; Figures; Maps; Plates; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.