More South Asia Featured Videos and Photo Stories

Grazing land development through collective efforts

Grazing spaces in village commons restored through community collectives.

The last Dokpas of north Sikkim
Multimedia story about high-altitude Dokpa yak herders in North Sikkim, India.
Multimedia story about high-altitude Dokpa yak herders in North Sikkim, India.
Credit: Michael Benanav & Monika Agarwal, Traditional Cultures Project
Swimming through tide & time: camels of Kutch, West India

The swimming Kharai camels enrich the coastal ecosystem in the Kutch but state policies’ dismissal of traditional knowledge of the pastoralist communities endangers the lives of these camels and their herders in and around the Marine National Park and Sanctuary in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Video initiative by PARI (People’s Archive of Rural India).

Preserving Rajasthan’s camel herds

The Raika people in India have been herding camels in Rajasthan for centuries, but their traditional way of life is now under threat. A German NGO, League for Pastoralist Peoples (LPP), is trying to create a perspective for the camel herders through the sale of camel milk and other products, in order to help the Raika sustain their livelihood. Credit: Cornelia Borrmann, Deutsche Welle

The shepherdess of the glaciers

Tsering herds 350 goats and sheep in transhumance in the Himalayas, often alone. This time, she narrates her journey and philosophy to her brother, the filmmaker, Stanzin Dorjai in collaboration with Christiana Mordelet. Trailer for a fascinating full-length film of over one hour.

Camel charisma

Raika pastoralists in Rajasthan, India, herd their camels on natural vegetation and practise dairying in an animal-friendly and ecologically sound way.

Conserving the future

Shiv Kumar, forest guard in the Lahaul Forest Division in Himachal Pradesh, India, works with camera traps to help conserve wildlife, especially the snow leopard. He makes posters to raise awareness of schoolchildren and interacts with Gaddi shepherds who lose animals to the leopard. (The state offers compensation for livestock lost to wildlife.) Producer: Srishti Films & Kalpavriksh for Vikalp Sangam; sponsor: Heinrich Boll Foundation.

Pastoralism is the future (Hindi)