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Stories have always been the most effective vehicle of passing knowledge down from generation to generation. Storytellers would travel from village to village narrating stories on, lives, livelihoods, cultures, values, knowledge systems, codes of conduct, divisions of labour, food systems, sociopolitics, and their relationships to their natural habitats. Somewhere along the way, this old practice started dying out, leaving precious local knowledge in the past.
We bring stories from India’s indigenous communities and rich rural countryside. We want power to go back to the communities who have managed their own resources for centuries before modern-era interventions upset the delicate balance of nature.
Native Picture is a media organisation that produces films, photo stories, podcasts and articles on the lives of people and their relationship with the earth. We have been working with civil society organisations for more than a decade telling the lost stories of small local communities. We work with our partner organisations to tell the tales of human perseverance and celebrate human determination and the process and benefits of local collectivised governance.