The methodology we use
There are four distinct steps in the process of creating this documentation:
Given the enormity of the task at hand in creating this comprehensive documentation, research is key. To understand and list priority based on emergent situations; to compile already available materials; and to ensure focus on the specific areas of documentation, research and analysis are essential. We partner with students, research assistants and organizations working in the areas of conservation, development and anthropology to augment our own initiatives.
Our field visits are planned as mini-expeditions. The team comprises of the researchers, photographers, camera crews and documentation experts. Immersing themselves within the community for a period, the aim is to visually capture the lifestyles, celebrations and day to day life of the people. Our traditional method of an all-encompassing documentation process includes identifying specific individuals and groups to document case histories.
Compilation, Design And Conservation
Once the on field documentation is completed, the information is collated and compiled for use across a wide range of possibilities. During this process, previous information from research, documentation (written, oral and visual) is combined together to create the books, articles, posters, pamphlets with themes to showcase the life of tribal communities to generations of people.
While documentation is key, we aim to ensure our documentation is not locked away. We want the information to be shared with people in India and around the world. We hope to disseminate the information we document through short documentaries, photography monographs, lectures and seminars in educational institutes and other platforms.
We also seek to establish the website to serve as a opportunity to link the various stakeholders. All our documentation will be available for easy access while creating value for the communities that contribute the information.