Ever since Robert Chamber's efforts to popularize Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in the late 1970s, anthropology and allied social sciences have geared up all their efforts to understand, document and analyze the vast repository of such culturally embedded knowledge lying dormant within the confines of many indigenous communities, all over the world. Indigenous Knowledge could be befittingly called as the intangible cultural heritage of our indigenous communities that has not only shaped up their cultural contours, but also ensured their sustainability by providing vital time-tested inputs over centuries. This volume on Indigenous Knowledge, Natural Resource Management and Development the Konda Reddi Experience by Prof. K.K. Misra therefore, is another significant contribution to the series on Intangible Cultural Heritage of India.
When we talk about Indigenous Knowledge, it immediately comes to our mind as to what this knowledge is about. In common parlance, it is the knowledge which originates locally from people, their perceptions and experiences in an environment. It finds expression through many cultural idioms of the communities, such as, stories, music, dances, and arts and crafts. It gets transmitted orally from generation to generation with new knowledge getting accumulated from time to time, keeping pace with the environmental changes. The tribal and indigenous people of India thus constitute the rich repository of such knowledge because of their proximity to nature for generations.
It is aptly imperative at this juncture to document such valuable yet vulnerable practical knowledge that forms the rock bed of sustainability of indigenous cultures and communities for three obvious reasons.
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