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Sarthak Sengupta

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The present treatise presents a collection of eighteen research articles offered by eminent social scientists to acquaint a wide audience with the Indigenous Knowledge Traditions of varied ethnic groups living in diverse habitat of North East India. Indigenous knowledge is participants' acquaintance of their sequential and societal space, and encompasses non-technical insight, astuteness, judgment, perceptions and innovative capabilities which should not undermine as informal and confined knowledge. In the contemporary changing world, documentation of the indigenous knowledge traditions and intangible cultural heritage is needed without delay for its urgent maintenance, fortification, management and communication; and for the sustainable development of the indigenous communities. Under one cover, the present volume features with abundance of unique materials and wide-ranging analysis which is extremely stimulus, useful and surely serve the interest of anthropologists, besides agricultural and medical scientists and many others both at the teaching and research level, as well as planners and policy makers with a concern about the indigenous people ofNorth East India.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarthak Sengupta(b.1955) received his M.Sc. (1977) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in Anthropology from Dibrugarh University and Gauhati University respectively. He also worked with the Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India and North Eastern Hill University, Shillong for quite some time and conducted intensive field studies among diverse i tribes and castes in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Uttar Pradesh. I He has had to his own credit ten well-knitted books on North East Indian tribes, and more than 200 original research papers published in various reputed national and international professional journals besides several chapters in edited volumes. He is an active life and 4 executive member of several professional anthropological bodies and members of the editorial ! boards of Journal of Human Ecology, New Delhi (1998-2003) and The Anthropologist, New Delhi (since 2009). He is also the Editor of the Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, IDibrugarh University, Dibrugarh. Dr. Sengupta is at present Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology; and Director (i/c), Centre for North East Studies, Dibrugarh University, Assam. His current research interest are genetical demography, globin gene distribution, population genetics, bio-social studies, diet and nutrition, indigenous health practices in tribal population ofNorth East India.

Contents

Table of Contents,Anthropology and the Study of Indigenous Knowledge : Perspective from North East India, Indigenous Knowledge of Sustainable Mountain Farming System Practices in North East India,indigenous Knowledge and Right to Work.,Development : A Gendered Perspective,he Indigenous Knowledge System of the Lotha Nagas with Specific Reference to the Knowledge of Matching Paddy Types to Vatying Soil Types,Ethno Medicinal Accounts of the Mao Nagas Nagaland,The House Type of the Garos,Its Technological and Cultural Backgrounds,Indigenous Knowledge System in Evety Day Life:Some Observation on the Ida Mishmis of Arunachal Pradesh,Indigenous Knowledge System in Health Care among the Tawang Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh,Indigenous Knowledge of Plants of the Assamese in the Treatment of Women's Disease,Concept of Health, Disease and Remedy: A Case Study among the Kaibartas of Assam,Indigenous Dyeing Technology 0/ North East India,Textile and Handloom Weaving : Some Observations,Textile Tradition among the Tiwas of Assam,Traditional System of Seed and Food Storage anzong the Tengaponiya Deoris : A Case Study,Folk Wisdom of the Bows as Reflected in their Literature,Jirkedam,A Traditional Institution among the Karbis,Megalithic Tradition : The Case of the Karbis in North East India,The Indigenous Belief and Knowledge in the Meitei Lai Haraoba and its Relevance,Index.


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