Tribals from 30 countries to discuss ‘green future’ at Kumbh

Tribals from 30 countries to discuss ‘green future’ at Kumbh

Tribals from 30 countries to discuss ‘green future’ at Kumbh


What is it that indigenous people like Cherokee and Navajo of the US could learn from ethnic groups like Garo and Khasi of northeast India? Turns out a lot, but for starters, it could be ways to protect water bodies or preserve the environment through ageold methods followed by these groups. The ongoing Kumbh would bring tribal leaders from over 30 nations and ‘vanvasis’ (tribals) living in different parts of the country together during a four-day conclave, which is being organised by Parmarth Niketan starting February 14 at Sangam.

Termed ‘Kiva Kumbh 2019’, the event would see tribal leaders brainstorming with Indian ethnic groups on ways of conservation of water bodies and environment. The indigenous tribes to visit Kumbh include Cacataibo, Isconahua and Matsigenka from Peru, Aymaras from Bolivia, Marcomannis, Franks, Vandals, Ostrogoths from Germany, Navajos and Cherokees from the US and the Atrebates, Belgaes, Cantiacis from the UK.

“The native American tribes would also perform a ceremony called ‘kiva’, which literally translates into ‘at the heart of Mother Earth’,” said Parmarth Niketan’s Sadhavi Bhagwati Saraswati. She added that the highlight of the four-day programme would be the ‘kiva’ ceremony.

The leaders would be accompanied by over 300 followers from countries, including the US, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Norway, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru.

Representatives from north-eastern tribes like Garo, Khasi, Jaintia, Angami, Bhutia, Bodo and Regi along with those from states like Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh would also attend the programme. Besides, leaders like Brazil’s Shirley Krenak, Mexico’s Marakame Alfonso and Bhutan’s Saamdu Chetri would also participate.

“These tribes are well versed in traditional methods of environmental conservation. They have flourished through ages depending entirely on forests, water bodies and natural resources without disturbing or exploiting the ecosystem. Exchange of such valuable information would be the key to this meeting,” she said.

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