Walking is a Way of Knowing
The Kadars are a small indigenous community in south India. Even though they no longer live deep in the forest, they still walk its paths every day. For them, walking is a way of knowing, not just a way of getting from place to place.
This is the story of a Kadar elder who takes a young urban visitor through the tangled woods that make up his ancient home. The book captures an urban nature lover’s experience of learning from a forest-dweller — and is beautifully illustrated to bring alive the dark richness of an lndian tropical forest.
- A visual book that provides an unusual context to discuss issues of ecology and sustainability
- Appealing and unusual narrative that combines storytelling, descriptions of everyday life and local wisdom on the environment
- The book is a walk through the southern Indian forest of the Kadars, one of India’s long surviving foraging and small game-hunting community
- Makes a case for knowing the forest not only through what you see, but also through what you feel, touch, smell and hear —and that walking is not just a mode of travel
- Compelling art and careful design evokes the colours, foliage and the creatures of the tropical forests
- Ideal text for high school and multicultural classrooms — to set off discussions on our relationship with the natural world