Where Has the Tiger Gone
There’s a time when tigers and human beings lived close to each other, says Dhavat Singh Uikey, an artist from the Gond tribe in central India. Gond villages were often located close to the forest, where tigers roamed freely.
Familiar yet wild, the tiger played a compelling role in people’s lives – and in their imagination. Ferocious and magnificent, it was revered as much as it was feared. In this book, Dhavat offers us a glimpse into this forgotten world, through a retelling of traditional Gond tales about the tiger, illustrated with richly symbolic art. In the process, he captures not only the mythic and iconic status of the great beast, but also a time, place and relationship that is lost to us.
- Intricate and stunning illustrations by the Gond artist Dhavat Singh Uikey convey the long-running, sacred and now delicate relationship the community has with the tiger
- Deliciously macabre and illuminating storytelling that gently and effectively engages with contemporary issues in conservation
- Touching on issues of sustainability, wildlife and environmental conservation, the book makes for an ideal text for middle-school classrooms
- Also doubles up as a visual anthropology text that navigates the dynamic between storytelling and art, by reimagining ancient Gond art in modern ways
- Re-introduces readers of all ages to the pleasures of fables and lore, with a deep commitment to addressing contemporary issues