Secluded in their small valleys, the indigenous communities of the Himalayan region have evolved with unique cultures and distinct identities. However, now these cultures and identities of the indigenous communities are increasingly under threat in the face of the strong homogenising influence of urban and mainstream cultures. Their traditional knowledge is being eroded fast and use of the traditional language, local crafts and music & dance forms is diminishing at an alarming rate. The depletion of the cultural base of the Himalayas is damaging the social fabric of the region, and would imply a global loss in cultural material and forms.

Pragya is working towards protecting the indigenous identity and cultural rights of Himalayan tribes. Interventions are helping to preserve and revive their cultural heritage, and include documentation and spreading of the traditional language and crafts as well as shaping of these indigenous cultures into avenues for revenue generation.

Creation of niche-sector microenterprises and fair trade channels seek to address the right to appropriate livelihoods and tradition-based incomes. Capacity building is promoting effective political participation and people’s advocacy.

The project is being implemented in:
12 districts (Tawang, W. Kameng, Darjeeling, W. Sikkim, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Lahaul & Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Leh, Kargil) in the Himalayan region in India.
Rural Museum – Dhankar

The societies inhabiting the Himalayan region in India have a rich cultural legacy that find...
Cultural Performers from Ladakh

Mr. Tsering Sonam Supari has trained and developed cultural performance troupes, which...
Preservation of Himalayan Culture
Education for Himalayas
Education for Sub-Saharan Africa
Improved Health & Nutrition
Active Democracy & Rights
Enhancing Status of Women
Rights of Migrant Workers

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