Food manifested communication of traditional knowledge among tribal women in Tamil Nadu

Authors

  • Nagarathinam S Department of Communication, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai 625 021, Tamil Nadu
  • Kinkini D M Vigyan Prasar, Govt. of India, Delhi Office 1st Floor AI complex, Technology Bhavan New Delhi 110 016
  • Paramanantham N Department of Communication, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai 625 021, Tamil Nadu
  • Prasanth R S Department of Communication, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai 625 021, Tamil Nadu
  • Ravuther Meera Ravuther A Department of Communication, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai 625 021, Tamil Nadu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56042/ijtk.v23i4.10332

Keywords:

Food manifested communication, Kani and Malayali tribes in Tamil Nadu, Scientific temper, Tribal traditional food and knowledge (TFK)

Abstract

Every culture has its own traditional food practice. In the recent past, the traditional food practices and the transfer of knowledge have been in transition. A study was conducted among women tribes in Kolli Hills, Pachamalai Hills and Pechiparai in Tamilnadu to assess the Traditional Food Knowledge (TFK) of tribal women and their transmission through generations. A total number of 66 women from these three tribal and hill areas were selected randomly for this study. This study explores unique traditional food knowledge, practices and their present day adaptations and how they had used their traditional food for communicating their indigenous knowledge. A self-structured questionnaire, FGD and in-depth interviews were conducted to understand the tribe’s perception towards traditional food and communication. The results revealed that food practices in three different places were not the same and not consistent in Pachamalai. Impacts of modern food habits among the tribes were also seen in the results.

Downloads

Published

2024-04-10