Title: Protecting Endangered Heritage in the Abode of Clouds, Meghalaya: Critical Materials from the Khasi Cultural Transformation and Folklore Traditions (EAP1238)

Aims and objectives

Digitisation of endangered written and oral materials from the Khasi Hills will help protect and disseminate the cultural knowledge of the majority tribal group in Meghalaya, India. The project will materially inform knowledge of tribal identity, the transition from oral to written cultures, interconnections between Indigenous religion and Christianity, endangered customary knowledges and practices (folklore, linguistic variation, clan genealogies, wildlife taxonomies, ethnobotanical knowledge), and cultural reform and resistance. In securing significant tools for cultural memory, analysis and survival, the project will inspire, educate and equip local researchers to further protect endangered heritage in a region with the world’s highest rainfall.

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