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The Women Storytelling Project

Women have always been a crucial part of the compendium of traditional ecological knowledge, preserved in history through folklores and folktales. They have an indistinguishable relationship with the environment, either via social inheritance (eco- feminism) or through material realities and connections (feminist environmentalism). However, the presence of their stories only in the form of oral records, low literacy, early marriages and other socio- economic problems are overshadowing their past and present contribution to nature conservation.

Yangchin Musabi

Through our documentation in the form of book and film we wish to preserve and amplify the stories of female figures from different tribes of north-east India, showcasing their insights into the environment and its conservation. Through illustrated narratives, we will explore the intricate connection between gender and nature, fostering inclusivity and awareness among primary school children. We are hoping to gather a diverse array of stories and use them to break gender stereotypes and promote gender dialogue in classrooms. This project celebrates women's wisdom, empowering future generations to protect our shared ecological heritage.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  1. To create an illustrated nature themed story book for educators and learners with women- centered narratives from different parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

  2. To video document the stories of diminishing oral history of women narrations in nature conservation

Methodology

01.

Participatory Observation

02.

Unstructured Interviews

03.

Zoom and video documentation

04.

Field notes through zine and empathy mapping

05.

Informed consent

Meet the Storytellers

Netan Dema Thungon
Kezang Wangmu
Tenzin
Dorji Chhoijom
Phurpa Chozom
Sang Drema

The working group's main responsibilities include writing proposals, field implementation, fund management and coordination. Interested individuals in joining the group must focus on documenting stories on women and nature in various formats. The group prioritizes collaboration with local practitioners, maintaining consent records, and ensuring transparency and shared leadership.

From the Field

A collection of field photographs from Arunachal Pradesh

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