Memory Project Recreates How Residents of a Wildlife Sanctuary Remember their Forests

ews_1How do residents of protected areas remember their forests? While spatial knowledge about wildlife sanctuaries remains better known and acted upon, there is little knowledge about the time and memory component of areas such as the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary (EWS) in Arunachal Pradesh. EWS was declared a protected area on 18 October, 1989 but the Shertukpen tribe considers it to be a part of their community lands, through which they would move to the plains of Assam on their annual winter migrations to barter goods. With better road networks, their annual migrations to the plains are no longer for economic purposes but to try and retain cultural bonds.
Protected areas like wildlife sanctuaries are mainly thought about in terms of biodiversity. There is little focus on the time and memory component of these areas. A writer and an illustrator record memories and re-create visual imagery of the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh.
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