and Culture

Benevolence With Nature

The communities of Arunachal Pradesh along with their traditions are also in the quest to safeguard the natural resources. They follow a sustainable livelihood ensuring not to overuse the natural resources. Nature is considered as “the creator of all.” The breeze, the mountains, the river, the forests and the animals are regarded as sacred entities and the spirits are worshiped as the providers, the protectors and the peacekeepers of the human kind. The communities, with many sub tribes and clans are dependent on natural resources and live in complete harmony with nature using their indigenous wisdom and cultural practices.

The indigenous communities of Arunachal Pradesh have an age-old tradition of conservation, protection, management and optimal utilization of forest resources.For instance, the Apatani community is a major ethnic group of the eastern Himalaya region who possess a rich knowledge of ecology, natural resource management and conservation. Nature tourism on the other hand, has been gaining momentum in the area of the Bugun community, leading to a good source of income enabling sustenance of the mission of conservation and protection of the local biodiversity.

Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve

The Sharuwa Pham and Lachhan Pham areas were declared as Singchung Village Community Reserve Forest (NGO) on 24th January 2017. “Singchung Village Community Reserve Forest” and “Eagle Nest Sanctuary” have proved to be a new area of study for science students and researchers as they are actively involved in safeguarding wildlife species.

Liocichla Bird inside the sanctuary

Entry gate of SBVCR

Surroundings of SBVCR

Habitat of SBVCR

Mountains near the sanctuary

Wild flowers

The people of Arunachal Pradesh possess a strong indigenous knowledge of biodiversity, irrigation systems, cultivation for their livelihood and traditional cultural skills. For example, the Apatani community takes pride in their century old indigenous knowledge of making salt. The tai Khamptis speak a simple Tai language and have their own script known as “Lik Tai.”

Lik Tai script of the Khamptis

Water wheel of Monpas

Apatani Black Salt making