The Nyishi Fly on the Hornbills’ Wings

Removed from their lands by a tiger conservation project, Indigenous villagers in Northeast India reconnect with their forest home through hornbill conservation. WORDS AND IMAGES Upayan Chatterjee  . “If we choose to walk into a forest where a tiger lives, we are taking a chance.” Searching online for images captioned with this famous Peter Benchley

Voices of the Hindu Kush

In a remote area of northwestern Pakistan, the Kalash community has maintained harmony with its territory of life. WORDS AND IMAGES Ajaz Ahmed      The Kalash or Kalasha people are a distinctive Indo-Aryan community nestled in the Hindu Kush mountain range, in Chitral District of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. For the past fifteen years, I

Wellsprings of Territories of Life

Gaoli pastoralists in central India assert their traditional natural resource governance against fortress conservation. Ajinkya Shahane, Pandhari Hekade, Kanna K. Siripurapu, and Prafulla Kalokar   The Melghat region of the Satpura Range in central India is renowned for its lush green forests, its tigers, and the Korku Indigenous tribe, who once lived in the forest

Life in the Satpura Hills

Despite the challenges of changing times, the Bhils of Maharashtra stay connected to the forest, their homeland, and their cultural traditions. Shankar Bhil   This story is about my people, the Bhils of Nandurbar district of Maharashtra, India. It shows how connected we are to our land. The Bhils are one of the largest Indigenous

Orans in Peril

In Rajasthan, agro-pastoralists defend their sacred landscapes from “green” development. WORDS AND IMAGES Rudrath Avinashi . Orans are sacred landscapes that are conserved by Indigenous and local agropastoral communities in Rajasthan. They mostly encompass arid and semiarid regions of Rajasthan and are now gaining recognition as biodiversity hotspots in the region. Their sacred character stems

Tales of a Cursed Ship

Two Indigenous youths from Indonesia delve into a mysterious legend and learn important lessons about nature, culture, and spirit. WORDS AND VIDEO Abraham Parera and Fauz Ma . In the village of Dobo, close to Maumere in Flores Island, Indonesia, there is a mysterious artifact that was given the name Jong Dobo. The legend about

Reclaiming Our Identity

A proud Lotha-Naga youth tells the story of his peoples and speaks to the importance of good values among humans. Riathung Ngüllie . Nina ha ete Kyong kae? (Are you a human/person too?) This is how I identify a community member or a fellow countryperson. Then comes, Nino enti yanla, ento jipo la? (Which village

Nature Is Our Culture

A young Madia man overcomes discrimination and reconnects with his cultural identity. WORDS Natthu Maroti Gawade with Aniket Bambole IMAGES AND VIDEO Natthu Maroti Gawade . I’m Natthu Maroti Gawade, thirty-four years old, a resident of Kothri village, Bharbhidi post, Chamorshi Taluk, Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India. I belong to the Madia Indigenous community (one of

Food and Culture

A young Naga woman connects with her Indigenous identity through the art of cooking while studying away from her homeland. Kikarenla Jamir . I come from the Naga Indigenous tribe of Northeast India. We have been identified as a minority and recognized as “the Other” because we are different from the “mainlanders” of India physically,

The Scene

A poem by a Palu’e-Malaysian youth speaks to the importance of love for people and nature in times of grief and loss. FAUZ MA . We know the movie of this world We know how to play this act We know how to stop this drama We imagine all things in our minds The actor