EXPLORING THE EXQUISITENESS OF TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE: A CASE STUDY OF MERBEEL WETLAND, NORTH EAST INDIABhaswati Das and Sujit Deka
This paper explores the vibrancy of traditional ecological knowledge of a micro region a located in North Eastern part of India. It basically investigates about different aspects of traditional knowledge system which are related to a wetland named Merbeel. Wetlands are one of the most important ecological entities that constitute an enriched hub of biodiversity. Traditional ecological knowledge related to wetlands resembles the nature of traditional practices and values as well as rituals involved in the man âwetland relationships. This research follows a participatory observation method. The result shows that many traditional ecological practices and rituals are helpful for sustainable existence of Merbeel and its resources. Those traditional practices and rituals as a part of traditional ecological knowledge have been helping in maintaining a grandiose perception of Merbeel among indigenous people, which indirectly has facilitated conservation of Merbeel as a natural unit and guided indigenous people to judiciously utilise its resources.
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