This book offers a bold and illuminating account of the worldviews nurtured and sustained by indigenous communities from across continents, through their distinctive understanding of concepts such as space, time, joy, pain, life, and death. It demonstrates how this different mode of ‘knowing’ has brought the indigenous into a cultural conflict with communities that claim to be modern and scientific. Bringing together scholars, artists and activists engaged in understanding and conserving local knowledge that continues to be in the shadow of cultural extinction, the book attempts to interpret repercussions on identity and cultural transformation and points to the tragic fate of knowing the world differently.
The volume inaugurates a new thematic area in post-colonial studies and cultural anthropology by highlighting the perspectives of marginalized indigenous communities, often burdened with being viewed as ‘primitive’. It will be useful to scholars and students of anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, history, linguistics, literature, and tribal studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction K. K. Chakravarty 1. Being ‘Primitive’ in a Modern World: The Andaman Islanders Vishvajit Pandya 2. Co-Existence of Multiple Timeframes: Narratives of Myths and Cosmogony in India Vibha S. Chauhan 3. Pimatisiwin Indigenous Knowledge Systems, North and South Priscilla Settee 4. Metaphors of Fertility, Phallic Anxieties and Expiation of Grief in the Babukusu Funeral Oratory Chris J. C. Wasike 5. The (Re-)imag(in)ing of the Oba of Benin in Nigerian Dramatic Literature and its Implications in Indigenous Studies Israel Meriomame Wekpe and Alero Uwawah 6. ‘Kasapa’: Mobile Telephony and Changing Healthcare Communication in Ghana Perpetual Crentsil 7. Discourse of Resistance and Protest in Meitei Folklore Leisangthem Gitarani Devi 8. Sovereign Ontologies in Australia and Aotearoa–New Zealand: Indigenous Responses to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Overstayers Emma Cox 9. Indigenous Worldviews and Environmental Footprints: The Case of Prometheus vs Hermes A. O. Balcomb 10. Folk Heritage and Classical Lore: The Grand Narratives from the Aegean Archipelago and Derek Walcott’s Caribbean Creole Readings Eckhard Breitinger 11. Conceptualizing Space and Indigenous Knowledge: Articulations and Considerations for Natural Resource Management in the Himalayas Seema M. Parihar, P. K. Parihar, Soma Sarkar and Shilpy Sharma 12. Breaking the Power of Patriarchy: Unity Dow’s novel The Screaming of the Innocent Geoffrey V. Davis 13. The National, the Indian, and Empowering Performance: Festive Practices in the Highlands (Bolivia) Ximena Córdova 14. Contemporary Maori Painting: Pictorial Representation of Land and Landscape Dieter Riemenschneider 15. Art, Landscape, and Identity in She Plays with the Darkness, The Madonna of Excelsior and Cion Gail Fincham 16. Indigenous Languages in the Post-Colonial Era Zahid Akter 17. The Struggle for Survival: Globalization and its Impact on Tribal Women in Kerala Lata Marina Varghese 18. Eco-Fraternity of Kurum(b)a Tribes in Wayanad, Kerala Nelson P. Abraham.
G. N. Devy is Founder, Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh, and Founder, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Baroda (Vadodara), Gujarat, India.
Geoffrey V. Davis is Chairperson, European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS).
K. K. Chakravarty is Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, and Chancellor, National University of Education Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India.