Tribes | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011 |

Foraging through forests: Gaddi

Gaddi, the nomadic sheep herding scheduled tribe of Himachal Pradesh, are among the traditional pastoralists of Himalayas, the others being Gujjar, Bakarwal, Kinnaur, Kauli and Kanet. Environmentalists have long perceived pastoralists’ livestock as an enemy to wildlife conservation, even though the livestock may not be that different from wildlife. Plus, increasing evidence is emerging for positive effects of pastoralism on the environment (Ilse Köhler-Rollefson and the Life Network, Keepers of Genes). Based on the informal interviews with the Gaddi pastoralists...

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