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December 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge India
148 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Northeast India is home to many distinct communities and is an area of incredible ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity. This book explores the shared cultural heritage among the highland and river valley communities of Northeast India and mainland South East Asia, including South China, through oral traditions. It looks at these shared cultural traditions and suggests new ways of understanding and interpreting the heritage of Northeast India. Oral traditions often bring forward an unexpected twist in understanding historical and cultural links, and this volume explores this using local knowledge and innovative engagements with oral traditions in multiple ways, from folklore and language to performative traditions.  

The essays in this volume examine how communities build new meanings from old traditions, often as a recognition of the tension between conservation and creation, between individual interpretation and social consensus. They offer interesting parallels on how oral traditions behave in different socio-economic contexts, and also examine how oral traditions and memory interact with the digital world’s penetration in the remote areas. 

This volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of Northeast India, sociology, sociology of culture, cultural studies, ethnic studies, anthropology, folkloristics, and political sociology.   

Table of Contents

Introduction: Oral Traditions in Highland Asia: A view from Northeast India

Surajit Sarkar

 

1. From Marginal Zone to Borderland? Ethnographies, Histories and Politics in North East India

Erik de Maaker

 

2. "Buluotuo Culture”: The Zhuang Oral Traditions as Performance

Somrak Chaisingkananont

 

3. Northeast India and South East Asia: Rediscovering a Cultural Lineage through Folklores

Saji Varghese

 

4. The Uniqueness of Storytelling on Malay Folktales

Roslina binti Abu Bakar

 

5. The Khasi Oral Traditional Forms of Communication

Natalie J Diengdoh

 

6. Integrating Oral Narratives in Linguistic Study of Speech Communities: A Case Study of Angami Naga (Kohima village)

Kelhouvinuo Suokhrie

 

7. Pottery Technology in Garo Hills: An Ethnoarchaeological Interpretation

Queenbala Marak

 

8. Constancy and Change: A Study on the Traditional and Colonial built forms of the Khasis

Aiban S. Mawkhroh

 

9. Health, Spirits and Modern Medicine in Northeast India

N. William Singh

 

10. Role of Women in the making of Boro Culture: From Knowledge Production to Empowerment

Dharitri Narzray

 

11. Elwin as the Presenter of the Tales of the Tribes films

Tara Douglas

 

12. Old Links: New Content: Reconnecting North East India and Southeast Asia

Falguni Rajkumar

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Biography

Surajit Sarkar is Associate Professor and coordinator of the Centre for Community Knowledge at Ambedkar University, Delhi, India. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at University of Durham (UK), the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden (Netherlands). Surajit is also an award-winning documentary film maker and video artist for theatre and dance productions. He has created multimedia installations in museums and galleries in India and abroad.

Nerupama Y. Modwel has overseen the successful completion of a number of researches, documentation and workshop projects on performing traditions in dance, drama and puppetry, folklore and oral narratives, and indigenous arts and crafts. She has also coordinated studies on tribal communities across the country, and cultural resource mapping of heritage cities like Varanasi and Gaya. She has worked on a number of publications on the intangible heritage of India. Previously, she taught at Delhi University, India and Rajasthan University, India.