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American Journal of Educational Research. 2017, 5(8), 887-893
DOI: 10.12691/education-5-8-8
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Identification of Indigenous Knowledge Components for Sustainable Development among the Santhal Community

Laxmiram Gope1, Santosh Kumar Behera1, and Rajashri Roy2

1Department of Education, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, Ranchi Road, P.O. Sainik School, Dist-Purulia, West Bengal, India

2Institute of Education, Vinaya Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India

Pub. Date: August 19, 2017

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Laxmiram Gope, Santosh Kumar Behera and Rajashri Roy. Identification of Indigenous Knowledge Components for Sustainable Development among the Santhal Community. American Journal of Educational Research. 2017; 5(8):887-893. doi: 10.12691/education-5-8-8


‘Indigenous knowledge’ is community-centric by nature, which reflects community practices and usually possesses deep connection with land, locale and community. Indigenous knowledge is highly tactic and hence it is quite difficult to codify and document Indigenous knowledge. Apart, indigenous knowledge usually disseminates across generation through content and by virtue of observing the various community practices. Indigenous knowledge is highly personalized, and community centric. Therefore, it appears that indigenous knowledge is community specific and traditional by nature. The study aims to know the indigenous practices and their utilization pattern for sustainable development among the Santhal community. To fulfill the objectives, the researchers undertook extensive library work and fields survey. During the survey, it was observed that Santhal community uses various traditional practices. These practices are traditional health care, child rearing practice, agriculture, housing, water preservation, animal nurturing, fishing, forest resource management and so on. This study shows that these practices possess high relevance for achieving sustainability in specific three dimensions viz., social, economic and environmental.

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