Virtual ProgramWednesday, October 20

32-02 Multi-Species Relationships from the Margins: Case Studies from North and Northeast India

Wednesday, October 20, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Margaret Lyngdoh (University of Tartu)

11:15 am
Telling the Transformation: Were-Snakes and the Ecology of Water
Margaret Lyngdoh (University of Tartu)

11:45 am
“The Dangerous Mirror”: Adi Perspectives on Nature
Claire Stacy Scheid (Independent)

12:15 pm
Of Blood and Snow: Emerging Narratives from a High-Altitude Himalayan Desert
Jane Orton ()

This panel explores the multivalence of human-animal-entity relationships as expressed in myths, legends, and narratives of supernatural encounters in North and Northeast India. The often deeply complex dynamics between the human and the other-than-human inform indigenous lifeworlds in these geographical areas. The approaches that are taken by these three contributions from Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Spiti enable site-specific glimpses into the vernacular perspectives of indigenous communities as they interact and encounter non-humans, inclusive of natural animals. These sets of exchanges provide a complex web of organic interpretations centering on how humans and nature are socially and culturally ordered.