Synopsis: : Forest Tribes of Orissa Lifestyle and Social Conditions of Selected Orissan Tribes 3 Vols. 1st Published
In the Management of renewable resources, Forests have undeniably a vital role, and today, as never before, their conservation is an urgency. In view of this dire necessity the series Man and Forest tries to highlight the relevance of indigenous Knowledge of various South Asian tribal Communities in the sustainable management of forests/local resources-more specially against the growing challenges of economic development vis-a-vis Environmental hazards and a rapidly declining resource base.
A scientific inquiry into indigenous knowledge is an effort to discover/rediscover the tribals' traditional modes of production and conservation. For them it is the only source to cope with the problems of Modernity affecting their lives and precarious environments.
Forest Tribes of Orissa : The Juang is the seventh monograph in the series Man and Forest and, after the publication of an Account of the forest World of the Dongaria Kondh in 2002, and the Kuttia Kondh in 2006. Being a tribal community in transition, the Authors have tried to document and thus safeguard its local traditional knowledge of conservation, use and management of forests and Natural resources. They give an account of how the Juang classify Trees and other plants, hills, forests, Crops and animals. Their subsistence economy, Agricultural system, social organization, Religious beliefs and other important socio-cultural aspects of forest life have been extensively treated. The Lifestyle of this tribal community is finally reflected on the background of forest policy and the impact it has on their livelihood.
The present Book is, as most of the volumes in the series, the outcome of nearly ten years' Research venture involving an interdisciplinary, intercultural team of sociologists, ethnobotanists, and social anthropologists.
Klaus Seeland is a sociologist and senior lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and professor of sociology at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He initiated and co-ordinated research on indigenous knowledge in several parts of India and the Himalayas and was project leader of the research project Man and Forest for more than a decade.
Padmini Pathi is a social anthropologist with a wide range of experience in anthropological research. For morethan a decade she worked among the forest dwelling tribes of Central Orissa, such as the Kuttia Kondh, the Dongaria Kondh and the Lanjia Saora. She is doing her PhD on the iconography of the Lanjia Saora at Utkal University in Bhubaneswar.
Mihir K. Jena holds a PhD in ethnobotany from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. For more than ten years Dr. Jena did extensive fieldwork on indigenous knowledge of several tribes of Orissa. At present he works as a consultant for Indian and foreign Non-Governmental Organizations in Bhubaneswar.
Kamala K. Patnaik is retired professor of Botany and former member of the Orissa public Service Commission. Dr. Patnaik's paticular specialisation is research on indigenous knowledge of the medicinal use of plants in the tribal cultures of Orissa. For eight years she was Vice Director of the research project Man and Forest.