Aims & Objective

The primary vision for the exhibitions is to curate ‘conversations’ between pastoral communities and the external environment; amongst pastoral communities; and about the spiritual moorings, ecology, culture, science, art, and politics of their herding life – of living lightly on the land.

There are a number of questions that demand a sustained enquiry and closer look at pastoralists in India. Such as how can we better understand the evolving nature of the pastoralists’ cultural identity? What does ‘home’ mean to these guardians of the environment whose notions of movement and mobility defy our own allegiance to ‘attachments’? What is the emerging reality of these communities who live with multiple inequalities and constantly evolve strategies to validate themselves in a society that finds it difficult to comprehend the choices they make.  What are the multiple and invisible way in which our lives are touched by the pastoralists? Why  is pastoralism resilient in the face of climate change? And what would our future be were we to further neglect this livelihood?

By integrating the input of a range of stakeholders, the project aims to achieve the following objectives

  • Highlight the trials and triumphs, challenges and co-existences of pastoral life in India. 
  • Generate an incremental and expanding narrative on the past, present and future of pastoralism in India. The exhibition, as it travels, will invite and integrate voices and stories of other pastoral and herding communities, from other ecological terrains of India. 
  • Enable a significant engagement and meaningful discourse on the relevance of herders and herding for the sustenance of our environment, governance of our biotic resources.   
  • Provide centrality to the emerging discourse on pastoralism, the Commons, and critical aspects of their land, life and livelihood. 
  • Create an expressive and educative platform for the pastoral people by which they ‘speak’ to decision makers, the state, civil society and communities of citizens through this exhibition. 
  • Through a process of cultural mapping, unfold the rich tapestry of their cultural identity - the journeys, experiences, knowledge systems, and skills of indigenous herders and breeders - through sound, word, image and object.

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