Foraging Traditions is created as a journey of collectively exploring foraging and folklore as tools to unfold the stories of traditional knowledge in Dhemaji, a small town in the foothills of the lower Himalayas. The experiences here will guide us to sense the living traditions here through activities of foraging food from the wild with tribal communities, understanding its medicinal properties, cultural and culinary context, cooking with the locals, visiting traditional kitchens of Mising, Deori and Ahom communities. Botanists, Poets, Performance artists, Chefs, Farmers, Journalists, Illustrators, Strategists, Food Anthropologists and Researchers working on indigenous culture will bring forth their multidisciplinary lens to comprehend a holistic understanding during the immersion.
The desire for constantly seeking the new in mundane describes most of the millennials today. While the search of something meaningful goes on, it is equally important to learn how to be happy and content. It is often the process of experiencing that determines the experience in itself. Also, enjoying any process opens up an array of boundless possibilities to deeply engage our senses and improvise it further. ‘Improvisation’ thereby helps in creating knowledge. If humans were not conscious of their engagements then, they could have never passed down their know-how. These know-hows accumulate to become traditional knowledge today. So, Is foraging sensing ? Is the knowledge we have about foraging improvisation of living cultures ? Does foraging also explain how we survived as communities ? Why did some communities sense certain food as edible while the other did not? This 8 day long immersion takes us through an explorative journey of foraging food from the wild with tribal communities, understanding its medicinal properties, cultural and culinary context and exploring the activity of foraging to sense the living culture therein. We will also explore folklore as a tool to unfold the stories of traditional knowledge. The wonder of arriving at a space in times like this would be like rekindling your soul in the lap of mother nature.
S O M E W H E R E by the river bank. Dhemaji is located to the north of the river Brahmaputra. To its north lies the Arunachal Himalayas. To its east lies the state, Arunachal Pradesh and to the west is Lakhimpur, a district of Assam. It has many large and small rivers flowing through it. The areas of the present district was part of the greater Chutiya kingdom along with Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Sonitpur district from the 12th century to the 16th century until the Ahom-Chutiya war during the early period of the 16th century.
This is an expedition of like-hearted-playful-thinkers who believe that indulging in multidisciplinary learning frameworks, experimental research and alternative pedagogies will strengthen our approaches to perceptivity such that we could collectively recreate our own meaning of love and romance in life.Apply for an Invite