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Fieldwork Narratives

Meenakshi Narayan (PhD Student, Anthropology)

The Chenchu are one among several tribal communities who live in India. They are traditionally defined as a hunter-gatherer community, living primarily in the Nallamalai forests of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, India.

However, such a definition provides a very limited understanding of who the Chenchu really are. There are various ways in which communities and groups of people are understood. Tribal and indigenous communities suffer from a very limited and narrow way of being represented and understood. While there are obvious historical and political factors that have contributed to such an understanding, it is the project’s objective to address these essentialized representations of the community from an anthropological perspective. 

FieldworkNarratives is a pictorial journal of the author’s fieldwork experiences with minimal text to provide basic information about the pictures. The project’ leverages Story Maps, an online tool that facilitates digital storytelling. The project design is intentionally kept simple and straight-forward keeping in mind that my target audience is young groups of people between the age-groups 13-20 years. Moreover, the project does not put undue emphasis on the author’s narrative, allowing instead for people to form their own ideas.

FieldworkNarratives in an on-going project that will continue as the authors’s own fieldwork continues.  

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