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Forest Tribes of Orissa: The Dongaria Kondh (Volume 1)

 
K. Seeland (Author) Mihir K. Jena (Author) Padmini Pathi (Author) Jagganath Dash (Author) Kamala K. Patnaik (Author)
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 Dongaria Kondh is the second book in the series of monographs of Man and Forest, and the first focusing on a tribal community today caught in the transition between an autochthonous lifestyle and fragments of modernity. The authors attempt to document the dongaria's traditional knowledge of their natural environment; how they classify trees, plants, hills, forests, crops, and soils; and how so far they have been managing their forests. Also meticulously delineated, as a backdrop to this study, are the Dongaria's geographical landscape, economy, socio-political organisation, oral traditions, belief cosmos, and other relevant socio-cultural aspects. 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

K. Seeland

Klaus Seeland is a reputed political scientist and sociologist who has been researching in South Asia on socio-cultural aspects of forests, comparative studies in resource management, perception and local knowledge for over twenty years now. Currently, he is Senior Lecturer at the Chair of Forest Policy and Forest Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and Reader in sociology at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

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.

Jagganath Dash

Jagganath Dash is a senior lecturer in social anthropology at Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar and presently a visiting fellow at Edinburgh University. Dr. Dash has several publications on aspects of tribal life of Orissa to his credit and is author of a comprehensive book on the Hill Kharia.

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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Bibliographic information

Title Forest Tribes of Orissa: The Dongaria Kondh (Volume 1)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124601895
length xxvi+433p., Maps; Figures; Tables; Plates; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.