Who are the Kondhs?

The Adivasi Kondhs, the indigenous communities of Odisha, are living examples of a sustained communitarian and ecologically conscious way of life. They hold the answers to the day’s climate crisis and offer an alternative paradigm to the world. The Kondhs include nature as a part of their existence, which has led to a deep relationship between their communitarian ethos and their use of natural resources.

While they have continuously evolved answers to various emerging threats, their existence has been subject to shame by the mainstream paradigm. Through modern education and the monetised economy, the mainstream has continuously assaulted them with an existential crisis, which has led the younger generations to gradual de-skilling, shift to monoculture and monetised agriculture and an overall indignity of their traditional ways of living.

Living Farms has been engaged in the effort of dialogue over decades, that has helped begin critical reflection and reviving locally appropriate empowering solutions. Our being and becoming with Khond has helped to listen to and understand the deeper layers of their world view, its relevance in the present context and their conflict with the dominant development paradigm.

The Kondhs, spread over 800 villages, are becoming acutely aware of the incessant threats to nature and the assault of ‘modernity’ sweeping their homelands. The community clearly perceives that addressing the impending challenges, both through disciplined thought and consistent practice, is key to the determination of their present and future, their being and becoming.

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The Adivasi Kondhs, the indigenous communities of Odisha, are living examples of a sustained communitarian and ecologically conscious way of life. They hold the answers to the day’s climate crisis and offer an alternative paradigm to the world. The Kondhs include nature as a part of their existence, which has led to a deep relationship between their communitarian ethos and their use of natural resources.

While they have continuously evolved answers to various emerging threats, their existence has been subject to shame by the mainstream paradigm. Through modern education and the monetised economy, the mainstream has continuously assaulted them with an existential crisis, which has led the younger generations to gradual de-skilling, shift to monoculture and monetised agriculture and an overall indignity of their traditional ways of living.

Living Farms has been engaged in the effort of dialogue over decades, that has helped begin critical reflection and reviving locally appropriate empowering solutions. Our being and becoming with Khond has helped to listen to and understand the deeper layers of their world view, its relevance in the present context and their conflict with the dominant development paradigm.

The Kondhs, spread over 800 villages, are becoming acutely aware of the incessant threats to nature and the assault of ‘modernity’ sweeping their homelands. The community clearly perceives that addressing the impending challenges, both through disciplined thought and consistent practice, is key to the determination of their present and future, their being and becoming.

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Kondh-versations

From conversations about oral history, food systems to knowledge about agriculture practises, here are snippets of our attempts to understand the Kondh worldview deeper.

Unwanted Guests - a short film

This film was made in collaboration with the Kondh Adivasis of Odisha,
to help sustain dialogues and reflections about the changing paradigm of agriculture. As a part of a larger campaign against herbicide-tolerant cotton and the poisonous broad-spectrum herbicide, glyphosate,
this film hopes to be a part of the continued effort to sustain
dialogues with the community about the culture of debt-dependent chemical-intensive agriculture.

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If you are seeking a space to reflect on the current crisis, safely introspect internal conflict and express your disturbances today, we invite you to reach out. Understanding the alternative paradigm of the Kondh Adivasis gives us hope and strength to build a new society based on principles of sharing.

We welcome you to sail with us on a journey of introspection.

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