Indigenous People and Nature

Indigenous People and Nature

Insights for Social, Ecological, and Technological Sustainability

1st Edition - April 8, 2022

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  • Editors: Uday Chatterjee, Anil Kashyap, Mark Everard, Gopal Panda, Dinabandhu Mahata
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323916042
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916035

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Indigenous People and Nature: Insights for Social, Ecological, and Technological Sustainability examines today’s environmental challenges in light of traditional knowledge, linking insights from geography, population, and environment from a wide range of regions around the globe. Organized in four parts, the book describes the foundations of human geography and its current research challenges, the intersections between environment and cultural diversity, addressing various type of ecosystem services and their interaction with the environment, the impacts of sustainability practices used by indigenous culture on the ecosystem, and conservation ecology and environment management. Using theoretical and applied insights from local communities around the world, this book helps geographers, demographers, environmentalists, economists, sociologists and urban planners tackle today’s environmental problems from new perspectives.

Key Features

  • Includes in-depth case studies across different geographic spaces
  • Contains contributions from a range of young to eminent scholars, researchers and policymakers
  • Highlights new insights from social science, environmental science and sustainable development
  • Synthesizes research on society, ecology and technology with sustainability, all in a single resource


Researchers Upper level undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. Scientists, planners, managers, and government policy makers Applicable courses or exams : Social Sciences (i.e. Sustainability, Human Geography, Socio-Ecological Systems, Sociology, Economics, etc.) Environmental Sciences (i.e. Sustainability, Ecosystems, Ecology, Biodiversity, etc.)

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Section I. Introduction: structural view and distribution of indigenous population
  • Chapter 1. Indigenous people activities on ecosystems and sustainable development- a paradigm shift
  • 1.1. Introduction
  • 1.2. Significant disparities between indigenous and nonindigenous populations exist across far too many indices
  • 1.3. Livelihoods and traditional knowledge of indigenous people
  • 1.4. Environmental impact on indigenous people
  • 1.5. Threats to biodiversity and ecosystems from economic development
  • 1.6. Food insecurity and climate change challenges
  • 1.7. Traditional knowledge’s critical significance in combating climate change
  • 1.8. Drawbacks and difficulties of responding to climate change
  • 1.9. Possibilities for indigenous people’s long-term viability
  • 1.10. Indigenous women’s crucial contribution
  • 1.11. Right to make one’s own decisions
  • 1.12. Rule commendations
  • 1.13. Looking forward
  • 1.14. Conclusions
  • Chapter 2. Birhors of Purulia: marching toward mainstream of the society
  • 2.1. Introduction
  • 2.2. Materials and methods
  • 2.3. Results and discussion
  • 2.4. Conclusions
  • Chapter 3. City of the indigenous people: a study of Kohima City, Nagaland, India
  • 3.1. Introduction
  • 3.2. Location, geography and climate
  • 3.3. Historical background
  • 3.4. Socioeconomic, culture, and religion
  • 3.5. Urban form analysis
  • 3.6. Built environment
  • 3.7. Conclusions
  • Section II. Intersection between environment and cultural diversity
  • Chapter 4. Perception of agricultural drought vulnerability and hurdles of tribal life: a study of Jungle Mahal blocks of Western West Bengal
  • 4.1. Introduction
  • 4.2. Background
  • 4.3. Materials and methods
  • 4.4. Results and discussion
  • 4.5. Conclusions
  • Chapter 5. Assessing and quantifying livelihood vulnerability of tribal farmers in water-stressed region of rural West Bengal, India
  • 5.1. Introduction
  • 5.2. Study area
  • 5.3. Materials and methods
  • 5.4. Results and discussion
  • 5.5. Conclusions
  • Chapter 6. Ethnomedicine and indigenous people: analysis of economic and ecological sustainability in Jangalmahal area of Paschim Medinipur and Jhargram districts, West Bengal, India
  • 6.1. Introduction
  • 6.2. The study area
  • 6.3. Materials and methods
  • 6.4. Results and discussion
  • 6.5. Policy recommendations
  • 6.6. Conclusions
  • Chapter 7. Livelihood constraints of indigenous people exposed to climatic hazards: an insight from Indian Sundarbans
  • 7.1. Introduction
  • 7.2. Background and study area
  • 7.3. Materials and methods
  • 7.4. Results and discussion
  • 7.5. Conclusions
  • Chapter 8. Functions of social work on integration of the indigenous population into society
  • 8.1. Indigenous population
  • 8.2. Materials and methods
  • 8.3. Economic discrimination of indigenous people
  • 8.4. Political and property rights of indigenous people
  • 8.5. Anthropology
  • 8.6. Ecological risks
  • 8.7. Technology and indigenous people
  • 8.8. Functions of social work in indigenous people
  • 8.9. Conclusions
  • Chapter 9. Living in sick tea plantations: socioeconomic and health conditions of indigenous tea garden workers and their survival strategies
  • 9.1. Introduction
  • 9.2. Life of the indigenous people in tea plantations
  • 9.3. Study objectives
  • 9.4. Materials and methods
  • 9.5. Findings
  • 9.6. Discussion
  • 9.7. Conclusions
  • Chapter 10. Bhumij in a heterogeneous society: negotiating hierarchies and access to water in the Jungle Mahals of West Bengal
  • 10.1. Introduction
  • 10.2. Rationale and objectives
  • 10.3. Materials and methods
  • 10.4. Bhumij—from the lens of anthropologists
  • 10.5. The spatial location of the Bhumij in the village
  • 10.6. Conflicting worldviews and the politics with water
  • 10.7. Negotiating the hierarchies within—Bhumij and the Kurmi Mahato
  • 10.8. Conclusions
  • Chapter 11. Indigenous populations, ethnomedicine and sustainability: The Indian perspective
  • 11.1. Introduction
  • 11.2. The tribal way of living and their health
  • 11.3. Traditional medicine system in tribes
  • 11.4. Tribes of India and their traditional medicine system: An overview
  • 11.5. Experiences gathered from traditional healing practices in tribes: First hand accounts from Saharia, Baiga and Bhil tribes of India
  • 11.6. Conclusion
  • Chapter 12. Livelihood issues and educational challenges of indigenous people—retrospective and perspective from a backward district in India
  • 12.1. Introduction
  • 12.2. Research context and objectives
  • 12.3. Materials and methods
  • 12.4. Livelihood issues of the Indigenous people
  • 12.5. School participation of tribal first-generation learners
  • 12.6. Discussion
  • 12.7. Conclusions
  • Chapter 13. Exploring livelihood issues and challenges of indigenous people of Anamalai, Parambikulam Aliyar Basin during the pandemic
  • 13.1. Introduction
  • 13.2. Study area profile
  • 13.3. Materials and methods
  • 13.4. Results and discussions
  • 13.5. Conclusions
  • Section III. Indigenous and traditional culture impact on the ecosystem and indigenous population
  • Chapter 14. Diminishing indigenous material culture among the Totos of North Bengal
  • 14.1. Introduction
  • 14.2. The studied area and people
  • 14.3. Materials and methods
  • 14.4. Results and discussion
  • 14.5. Conclusions
  • Chapter 15. The practice of entomophagism in India by indigenous people: past, present, and future
  • 15.1. Introduction
  • 15.2. Ethnoentomophagism in India
  • 15.3. Diversity of edible insect orders in India
  • 15.4. Diversity of edible insect species in Indian states
  • 15.5. Diversity of entomophagous indigenous people from India
  • 15.6. Tribal perception and factors responsible for entomophagism in India
  • 15.7. Current status of entomophagism in India
  • 15.8. Conclusions
  • Chapter 16. Folk dance and local ecologies: ethnographic explorations on the Chhau mask makers of Charida, West Bengal
  • 16.1. Introduction
  • 16.2. Conceptual frames of analyses
  • 16.3. Materials and methods
  • 16.4. Folk dances and local ecologies of West Bengal
  • 16.5. The “mukhosh gram”—Charida
  • 16.6. Changing socioecological trends
  • 16.7. Conclusion
  • Chapter 17. Present sociocultural status of the Sri Lankan indigenous people (the Veddas) and future challenges
  • 17.1. Introduction
  • 17.2. Materials and methods
  • 17.3. Results and discussion
  • 17.4. Present sociocultural status and future challenges
  • 17.5. Recommendations
  • 17.6. Conclusions
  • Chapter 18. Dealing with vulnerabilities in tribal food security—a study on Jhargram district of West Bengal, India
  • 18.1. Introduction
  • 18.2. Study area
  • 18.3. Socioeconomic profile of sample household
  • 18.4. Materials and methods
  • 18.5. Results and discussion
  • 18.6. Conclusions
  • Chapter 19. Diversity and acceptance of insect mini-livestock among the indigenous people of Laos PDR: traditional knowledge, culinary, and bioprospecting
  • 19.1. Introduction
  • 19.2. Materials and methods
  • 19.3. Data acquisition and analysis
  • 19.4. Results
  • 19.5. Discussion
  • 19.6. Conclusions
  • Chapter 20. Tasar sericulture: an underutilized tool of poverty eradication among the tribals of Bankura district
  • 20.1. Introduction
  • 20.2. Materials and methods
  • 20.3. Observations and discussion
  • 20.4. Conclusions
  • Chapter 21. Rituals and festivals of indigenous people of Chota Nagpur plateau of West Bengal: A positive correlation with the environment
  • 21.1. Introduction
  • 21.2. Materials and methods
  • 21.3. Results and discussion
  • 21.4. Conclusions
  • Section IV. Indigenous population, ecology conservation, potentiality, and technology
  • Chapter 22. Persistent climate-driven floods: a voiced case of indigenous women experiencing ecosocial and health risks in a South-East community in Anmabra state, Nigeria
  • 22.1. Introduction
  • 22.2. Justifying community-based participatory research with indigenous communities in Nigeria
  • 22.3. Statement of problem
  • 22.4. Study area
  • 22.5. Materials and methods
  • 22.6. Results and discussion
  • 22.7. Environmental effects of flooding
  • 22.8. Effects of inequitable distribution of gender roles during flood crisis
  • 22.9. Effects of flood crisis on women health
  • 22.10. CBPR, policy implications, and flooding as an ecosocial event
  • 22.11. Conclusions
  • Chapter 23. Transformation of a pristine livelihood in response to development—An overview of the Onge tribal community, Little Andaman Island, India
  • 23.1. Introduction
  • 23.2. Study area
  • 23.3. Material and methods
  • 23.4. Discussions
  • 23.5. Conclusions
  • Chapter 24. Sustainable uses of bamboo by indigenous people with special emphasis on North-East India
  • 24.1. Introduction
  • 24.2. Bamboo and rattan trade
  • 24.3. Distribution of bamboo vegetation in the world and in India
  • 24.4. Diverse, indigenous, ethnic groups of India and their dependence on bamboo vegetation for centuries
  • 24.5. Various ethnobotanical uses of bamboo by indigenous people
  • 24.6. Conclusions
  • Chapter 25. Salt for living: sustainable practice of salt harvesting in the Cirebonese community and its threat by coastal hazard
  • 25.1. Introduction
  • 25.2. Material and methods
  • 25.3. Results and discussion
  • 25.4. Conclusions
  • Chapter 26. Indigenous technologies: knowledge and practices for sustainable development
  • 26.1. Introduction
  • 26.2. Materials and methods
  • 26.3. Results and discussion
  • 26.4. Indigenous practices for disaster management
  • 26.5. Indigenous methods for water conservation
  • 26.6. Indigenous methods for agricultural development
  • 26.7. Sustainable sanitation and hygiene for the indigenous people
  • 26.8. Conclusions
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 638
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: April 8, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323916042
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916035

About the Editors

Uday Chatterjee

Dr. Uday Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor at Bhatter College in Dantan, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India, and an Applied Geographer with a Post-Graduate in Applied Geography from Utkal University and a Doctorate in Applied Geography from Ravenshaw University in Cuttack, Odisha. He has contributed to a number of research papers that have been published in reputable national and international publications, as well as edited book volumes. He has also organized (as the convener) a Faculty Development Program on "Modern ways of teaching and advanced research methods," which was funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). Urban Planning, Social and Human Geography, Applied Geomorphology, Hazards & Disasters, Environmental Issues, Land Use and Rural Development are some of his research interests. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) of the Government of West Bengal, India, financed his research. He has worked as a reviewer for a number of international publications. Dr. Uday Chatterjee is currently the lead editor of the Springer Special Issue (S.I) on Urbanism, Smart Cities, and Modelling.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Bhatter College (Affiliated to Vidyasagar University), Dantan, India

Anil Kashyap

Anil Kashyap is Head of Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England. Dr. Kashyap brings a wealth of national and international experience with 22 years in academia, research, and the public sector. Prior to this was Deputy Head of School at Coventry University and Professor and Director of School of Real Estate at RICS School of Built Environment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, master’s degree in urban planning and a PhD from University of Ulster, United Kingdom. Dr. Kashyap is Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), London, Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), London and Fellow of the Institute of Town Planners (ITPI), India. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) United Kingdom and a Council Member of the International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP) representing India. He has recently been appointed to a prestigious panel of International Land Measurement Standard Setting Committee (ILMS – SSC) led by RICS, London. Dr Kashyap has strong research interest spanning from energy efficiency in built form, healthy and smart cities, urban regeneration and infrastructure development and financing.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England, UK

Mark Everard

Mark Everard is Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services at University of the West of England. Mark has extensive experience developing and implementing the sustainable management of ecosystems across five continents, including East and Southern Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and China.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services, University of the West of England, UK

Gopal Panda

Gopal Panda is Emeritus Professor in Geography and former Chief Executive of the Population Research Center at Utkal University. Author of 6 books, he teaches and researches coastal geomorphology, remote sensing, climate change, natural hazards, and disaster management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor in Geography and former Chief Executive of the Population Research Center, Utkal University, India

Dinabandhu Mahata

Dinabandhu Mahata is a Researcher in the Department of Geography at Central University of Tamil Nadu. Author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, his work focuses on urban geography linkages with the environment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Department of Geography, Central University of Tamil Nadu, India

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