Malekaadu Kathegalu – Stories of the Rainforest

This storybook is the culmination of an experiment to reimagine the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR), a tool to document biological diversity from local communities. The limitations of the current format is that biodiversity is seen as a purely scientific understanding, and doesn’t give weight to knowledge as a whole, and local practices within which knowledge is acquired and embedded. The current format also isolates species from their contexts, enabling commodification.

This work captures local ways of knowing (contextual understanding) through everyday ordinary practices, like cooking, honey collecting, and just being in a place of dynamic change. The site of engagement was Agumbe, Western Ghats.

Project Concept: Deepta Sateesh, Arpitha Kodiveri, Malvika Tewari.

Author/Illustrator: Malvika Tewari.

Editor: Deepta Sateesh.

Project Duration: June 2014-February 2015.

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