Environment-Cultural Interaction and the Tribes of North-East India
All life forms on earth are complementary to each other; the existence and survival of one depend on the existence of another, and vice versa. However, no life forms are more dependent on others than human beings. Humans’ very survival is conditioned by the existence of the natural environment and the living things within it. One aspect of this interaction is the central and inescapable role played by human culture in defining the human-nature relationship.
This book emphasises that environmental conservation is a matter of moral and cultural ethics. It stresses the fact that existing environmental conservation methods need to accommodate traditional environmental knowledge and practices of different indigenous cultures in order to re-build and restore the bond between humans and nature.
Banshaikupar L. Mawlong is a Lecturer of Political Science at Union Christian College, Meghalaya, India. His areas of research interest include the study of identity politics, nationalism, multiculturalism, and environmental politics. He holds the distinction of being a double Gold Medallist in both his undergraduate and post-graduate studies, and was also the recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in 2009 from the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi.
Dr Marco Babit Mitri is a Lecturer of History at Union Christian College, Meghalaya, India. He specializes in the study of prehistoric archaeology. His thesis on Neolithic of the Khasi-Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, was published in 2009. He is currently working on a number of different projects and conducting excavations in prehistoric sites in the Khasi-Jaintia hills, Meghalaya.
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