Kaani Tribal Storytelling Festival
Dates: Friday and
Saturday, 27-28 Sept 2013
Mr S S Davidson, Environmental Educator (Nagarcoil)
Festival Concept Note
southernmost section of the Western Ghats mountain
range of south India.
This area is
-- A Biological Hot Spot with lots of fauna and flora.
-- A place of many herbal medicines.
-- A place where Kaani people live robust and healthy
lives, in consonance with Nature.
-- A place Blessed by Nature, away from the din and
bustle of city life, with evergreen trees, pleasant climate,
unpolluted water and unpolluted air.
There are approx 25,000 Kaani people, in Tamil Nadu
and Kerala. The Kaani are recognized as a wonderful
resource regarding medicinal uses of plants. Numerous
ethno-medicinal, and ethno-pharmaceutical
numerous such articles, far below.)
ideas on ways tribal people could develop their
Morning pick-up in Nagarcoil (rented van).
Field-trip to Kalikesam Temple. This Temple is beside
a river, near Keeriparai. From ancient times, Kaani people
who live in nearby villages have played chendai drums at
this Temple. Kaani people would act as storytelling tour-
guides for the visitors. Some photos of the Kalikesam
area are here.
In the afternoon, the van would proceed to Kulasekaram,
which is very close to Pechiparai. On Friday and Saturday
nights, visitors would be encouraged to stay at lodges in
Saturday 28 Sept (in Pechiparai) --
(with translation) by Kaani men, women,
Storytelling, and Ancient Cultures.
Photos of Kaani People, Houses, etc
Links are here.
"The Kani tribe and scientists in Kerala have achieved a unique profit-sharing model",
"Cultivating a forest language: Development ideas for Kani tribal people of Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district",
"Medicinal Plants used by the Tribals of Tirunelveli hills, Tamil Nadu, to treat poisonous bites and skin diseases",
"Evolutionary medicine of Kaani tribal’s botanical knowledge in Agasthiayamalai Biosphere Reserve, south India",
"Ethnomedical knowledge of Kaani tribes of Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu: A photo review",
"Ethnomedicinal plants used by Kaani tribes of Agasthiyarmalai Biosphere Reserve, southern Western Ghats",
"Indigenous peoples and environmental ethics: The Kaani tribe in India",
"Indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants used for the treatment of skin diseases by the Kaani tribe of Kanyakumari district",
"Ethnomedicines used by the Kaani Tribals of Pechiparai Hills, southern Western Ghats of Tamilnadu, India",
"Distribution of Lentinus Tuberregium, an indigenous edible medicinal mushroom in Tamil Nadu, south India",
"Mushrooms in the food culture of the Kaani tribe of Kanyakumari district",
"The teaching of Indian traditional medicine",
"Sharing with the Kaanis: A case study from Kerala, India",
"Using traditional knowledge to revive the body and a community",