The Idu Mishmi people of Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, believe that tigers are their elder brothers. Killing tigers is, for the Idu Mishmi, a taboo. While their beliefs support wildlife conservation, they also offer a critique of the dominant mode of nature protection. Tigers Are Our Brothers places the Idu Mishmi experience at the centre of a global network of cultural, economic, and political tensions to contribute to our understanding of human-non-human relations.
This first-ever ethnographic study of the Idu Mishmi is well-placed to consider questions of nature and culture, set against the real-world consequences of policy decisions. It argues for an inclusive, culturally informed, and people-centric approach to wildlife conservation.
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Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. My Journey in the Land of Rising Sun
Chapter 3. Mishmi Social Worlds: Animals, Humans and Spirits
Chapter 4. The Thin Red Line: Living on the Sino-Indian Border
Chapter 5. Mithun out and Takin In: Shifting Ecological Identity
Chapter 6. 'Amra and Apiya'': Tiger Conservation and its predicaments
Chapter 7. Conclusion
Ambika Aiyadurai is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India