This project – a documentary – is an attempt to capture, on the one hand, the fragility and vulnerability of riverine environments, and, on the other, the stories of everyday life and ingenuity of the rural population in Majuli and its surrounding islands in Assam Brahmaputra valley. Furthermore, it will document sustainable rural practices, which are particularly significant in the context of climate change and the destabilization of the local ecological base.
The aim of this project is to create an archive of thought on plant life by writers, artists, philosophers and scientists from the Indian subcontinent over the last two millennia. Apart from collecting and curating this material into an accessible anthology, it also involves translation from the Indian languages into English. It will supply thinkers, writers, artists, teachers, students and institution-builders with an inherited living archive, supporting humanities-linked approaches to climate change and ecological sustainability.