Adivasi PICKLE 2014: A call by Rejina Marandi

Adivasi Pickle

adivasi PICKLE is an interesting platform to bring forth the oral knowledge of Adivasi people in the written form. There are several stories, which have slipped out of the minds of people or have been suppressed inside, and this determines who we are today. History is important hence, it is important to engage with adivasi PICKLE and leave behind a story. And this story will tomorrow be regarded as history.

Language might be barrier for many of us but adivaani’s Director Ruby Hembrom says,“Language should no longer stop us to write, we should express our knowledge in whatsoever language or skill we possess. This venture is a joint effort of the author and the publishers where they work hand in hand to produce the best out of the raw.

In the first effort of adivasi PICKLE 2013, I was given one year to complete the book. When I sent them my first draft, the publishers read it, edited it and provided suggestions where I got the chance to re-think and modify my writings. It was indeed a new experience to get into the world of literature which I had never thought before.

Yes, we all enjoyed the venture and celebrated the fruits of it amidst many intellectuals, well wishers, media persons and near and dear ones. Hoping to see more than that from the upcoming 2014 edition. I wish all the participants the very best. If you are still holding on to a story; just send it in as an entry.

Thanks to adivaani for this amazing platform, the reward, recognition and the lasting memories.

Best wishes,

Rejina Marandi

Last call to participate in adivasi PICKLE 2014.

LAST DATE TO ENTER COMPETITION: 31st December, 2014.

Release of Becoming me, our first Adivasi PICKLE book

The first edition of Adivasi PICKLE has formally and successfully come to an end.

Becoming Me by Rejina Marandi was released on Saturday, the 25th of October, 2014 at the author’s hometown in Assam.

The event was a celebration of stories, storytelling and storytellers soaked in Adivasi flavours.

The Forest Guest House Campus, Srirampur, Santal Colony, Kokrajhar District was the venue and the open air setting amidst trees made for an event befitting Adivasis’ love for nature. Sadri and Santali music played through the sound systems setting the stage for festivity.

Guests—family, friends, dignitaries, activists, journalists, well-wishers arrived from all corners of Assam, some even taking a train journey to share in Rejina’s grand day. Welcomed in traditional ways by washing of feet and being gifted a panchi; we felt at home.

Rejina looked lovely in her traditional Santali clothes. It was such a proud moment to unwrap her books from the panchi that held them together and unveil it to everyone present.

She says Becoming Me is her part of the effort to transform oral tradition to the written form. “Today’s Present is tomorrow’s History. So, let each one of us start sharing our part of the story in the written form”, she said.

adivaani thanks ASSU (All Santal Student’s Union), ASSAA (All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam), Wilson Hansda and Rejina Marandi for putting this book release event together so beautifully and everyone who addressed the gathering and attended it.

Congratulations once again to Rejina Marandi! May our stories travel far and wide.

 

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Adivasi PICKLE: the second edition of our writing prize is here

Adivasi Pickle

It’s that time of the year again—to come together as a community of Indigenous peoples and join the world in celebrating one day in our honor—9th August.

adivaani wants to commemorate this occasion by serving the second portion of Adivasi Pickle.

Pickle is the perfect accompaniment to spice up any spread and the one key element common to every Indian kitchen and palate.

How about some Adivasi pickle? A pickle made of indigenous ways and thinking—the perfect accompaniment to our present—with ingredients that help us understand how our ancestral ways have preserved and sustained the earth, until newer ways dismissed them as primitive and we became a resource to be extracted, exploited and ignored. Ingredients that help refurbish traditions and knowledge webs, and ensure our future.

adivaani is therefore calling Adivasis to share more about ourselves. We’ve instituted a small prize of a book, out of love, on the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9th, 2014. We’re short on what we can give, but we’re long on good wishes, hope and solidarity: you write, we publish. That’s the deal!

We believe the time for us to do things our own way is now. We want this event to be a celebration of a communion of, by and for Adivasis—right from our sisters and brothers sharing and chronicling their personal narratives, to the publisher, not forgetting the jury formed of Adivasi intellectuals, scholars and artisans.

Join us, spread the word and…

Click here to participate

Adivasi PICKLE. Come as you are!

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We’ve been receiving enquiries from people who are intimidated by the requirements of the participation for the prize. It appears that we are requesting for the new masterpiece or the most innovative way to view ourselves and our ways of life–we are. But that’s not all.

We know who we are. It continues to be a long struggle, living in the margins, getting accustomed to unfamiliar ways, cultures, languages, in a world where we aren’t really welcome. English might not be the language you are most comfortable with but we want everybody around (the world) to know us. So come as you are–we’re here to help your narrative take shape.

There is no small idea, no small dream, no insignificant voice and no trivial story!

Share your bit of yarn to complete the tapestry of Adivasi writing by partaking of some Adivasi PICKLE: a prize for Indigenous Ideology, Thought and Knowledge.

Be the story, the narrative, the legend, the chronicle!

3 steps and you are part of this beautiful loom.

1) Send in a proposal with a working title for a book in English within 5000 words, by the 30th of September 2013 at pickle@adivaani.org

2) Attach proof of your being Adivasi/Scheduled Tribe.

3) Fill in the cover form and send it along with the above two.

For further details view the information on the following links:

What is Adivasi PICKLE?

https://adivaani.org/2013/08/08/adivasi-pickle-a-prize-for-indigenous-ideology-thought-and-knowledge/

Application Details

https://adivaani.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/picklepickle.pdf

Adivasi PICKLE: a prize for Indigenous Ideology, Thought and Knowledge

Pickle is the perfect accompaniment to spice up any spread and the one key element common to every Indian kitchen and palate.

How about some Adivasi pickle? A pickle made of indigenous ways and thinking—the perfect accompaniment to our present—with ingredients that help us understand how our ancestral ways have preserved and sustained the earth, until newer ways dismissed them as primitive and we became a resource to be extracted, exploited and ignored. Ingredients that help refurbish traditions and knowledge webs, and ensure our future.

adivaani is therefore calling Adivasis to share more about ourselves. We’ve instituted a small prize of a book, out of love, on the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9th, 2013. We’re short on what we can give, but we’re long on good wishes, hope and solidarity: you write, we publish. That’s the deal!

We believe the time for us to do things our own way is now. We want this event to be a celebration of a communion of by and for Adivasis—right from our sisters and brothers sharing and chronicling their personal narratives, to the publisher, not forgetting the jury formed of Adivasi intellectuals, scholars and artisans.

Join us, spread the word and…

Click here to participate