Phone interview with members of an Indian Indigenous Community



Use your strengths! Select ONE person who is approachable to ask the questions. Use Hindi (but translate the questions and answers for your peers) but the people will also understand and speak English (but not as fluently as you).

Both people prefer that you discuss in Hindi (they will be more comfortable) so can you please make sure you do :-)

Aranya’s Group



Arjan’s Group



What is your name, what tribe are you from and where in India do you live?

What is your occupation?

  1. What are common resources in your community? How are they managed
  2. How does individual property, if the concept exists, pass on to the next generation?
  3. Would you ever like to go to the city and experience modernization?
  4. Have you ever faced any kind of discrimination? If so what?
  5. Do you follow any particular religion?
  6. What are some rituals or traditions your tribe has?
  7. If you get mistaken for another member of a tribe, how do you feel?
  8. How do you feel when people treat you differently for your culture?

What is your name, what tribe are you from and where in India do you live?

What is your occupation?

  1. If someone not from your tribe displays a part of your culture, do you see it as respectful or as appropriation?
  2. Are you okay with being referred to as an ‘indigenous person’?
  3. If someone has ever mistaken you for a person from another tribe, how did you feel about that?
  4. Do you prefer to be known as ‘indigenous”, ‘person of [your tribe’s name]’ or as simply ‘local’?
  5. Has stereotypes about indigenous people affected your life, and, if so, how? Feel free to omit any details that are too personal to share.
  6. How much do you think the knowledge of your tribe is dependant on its language?
  7. How detailed is your knowledge of local animals and plants?
  8. Do you prefer to keep knowledge within your tribe or share it amongst others?
  9. How much do your religious beliefs inform your worldview?
  10. Personally, to what extent has modern external influences conflicted with what you know from your tribe? How do you deal with this conflict?
  11.  In your experience how has your upbringing in a tribe influenced the way you see the world around you?
  12.  How are tribes treated in a political sense?
  13. Do you feel there is a social stigma that comes along with your origins?




Government Job, Forest Department

Reactions to a foreign person/traditions? → Outsiders can’t follow certain aspects of our tribe.

Border Goan? 1962 work? Not a lot of people to do full fledged agriculture for acres of land. Not much success

Turned to good education. Now has a government job

Traditional work - Woolen clothes, sweater hats reselling. Profession as a tribe. Livelihood is different compared to the mainstream livelihood.

Border village: work they didn’t have land sot they started animal husbandry and they would make clothes and stuff out of their resources

Then they left to study and now they are doing alright but still some people stick to the old traditions.

Woolen Clothes is the traditional clothes, making and selling is the job.

It’s very different

Related to a seed, And it relates to tikbuk

They are forced to live in a city no opportunity in the village. They have several problems living in a city as there is a large change in their lifestyle, for example wearing different

5 Festivals, Ded Pujae, Lajpa, Celebritad alvaes

Hindu Religion → Sri Gantakarn - kulDevi

They are very attached to the border and they might have to move to the cities and si.

6 months he lives in the city

6 months he moves to the village

No permanently stayed in the village; nomads; change places (Husbandry I mean these kind of make sense)

Too much snow forces them to move out of their village; badrinath and it snows a lot so then they’ll come down

Name of Tribe: Bhotiya

Literally they are literally on the border this makes it harder to understand

We can only hope they answer. One did. Let’s see if the other one does. We do not have time, unfortunately.