The objective of the course is to focus on the honey collection techniques of the Chenchus, who are a vulnerable tribal Group inhabiting the Nallamala forest range spread across four to five districts in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states. Thus study also throws light on how the Chenchus manage and conserve the forests and in the process, how they gain livelihood security.
As the Chenchus were traditionally semi-nomadic food gatherers living in the deep forests, the study highlights on their honey collection techniques. Understanding the behaviour of bees and planning the collection of honey accordingly is a skill that is done with ease by the Chenchus. Moreover, there are differing points of view on the `sustainability’ of the wild honey collection which course taps during this study.
- Designed the Course with complete references to the discipline of social anthropology.
- Presenting key themes, theoretical debates, the historical development of the discipline, and ongoing questions.
Comprising of academic experts from our South India Tribal Research Team, which determines what strategies should be implemented to help the student achieve success. With decades of experience working in the fields of education and social anthropological studies, the SITR team has produced an excellent course curriculum that gives detailed information about the honey gathering techniques of the Chenchus.
Moreover, this research team has realtime experiences in interacting with the Chenchus of the Nalamalla forest ranges to understand their distinct tattooing skills. Hence the team has worked on how such course ideas can be produced, negotiated, and revised over time.