NAARI | Jan-Mar 2021

CON S E RVAT I ON C R U S A D E R

LESSONS FROM INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE HILLS At a time, when the world is mulling over how human beings have destroyed their environment, leading to disastrous climate changes, we need to look at indigenous communities and turn to their gentler ways of living in harmony with nature. MALLIK THATIPALLI speaks to Ramya Reddy who has documented the lives of Todas, Badagas and others living in the Niligiris range  ,)=%6)136)%2'-)288,%28,)-603*8=-1%0%=%2 '3928)64%687@ 2(A6)*)6)2')7838,)7)13928%-27 ,%:)&))21%()):)2-28,),30=8)<87%2( 1=8,303+=A%78,)6)%0173*+3(7A%2')78367A%2( 1=78-'%0'6)%896)7@ PHOTOS: COURTESY RAMYA REDDY

Toda women, Pudusin and her friend, Bhuvana Rani, embroidering at Bikapathy Mund

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Their spirituality is tied onto their land. Their reverence is towards nature, mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, cliffs and streams. Even their pregnancy rites are often held close to a Rhododendron tree, and the flowers are used as offerings

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Mushksin, a Toda woman, in her kitchen with a traditional buttermilk churning stick, which is inspired by the kafezhll plant, an orchid species found in the Sholas

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