But I Want to Tell My Stories Too: An Attempt to Interpret and Analyse Narratives from the Unskilled Women Folk of Migrant Communities in India

Tulika Chandra (Shiv Nadar University)

The underlined truth of uprootedness impacts the narratives of people who are not living where they should be. This paper observes and investigates the folktales, folk songs, and narratives of women-folk belonging to unskilled migrant communities in India, their expressions that hold verity, and that talk of the theme of uprootedness. Narratives could be impacted by migration experiences, a sense of rejection, alienation, perceived or ignored mental well-being, and versions of loss of cultural norms, religious customs, and social support systems. The paper will also observe von Sydow’s standpoint on the transmission of folklore and note how these unskilled migrant women folk, ‘active tradition carriers’, carry the folk tradition from one place to another as opposed to mechanistic superorganic theories.

Part of 03-02 Telling Their Truths: The Power of Women's Personal Experience Narratives, Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm