The next phase of The Stories of Our Ancestors was to invite some media students and professionals to join the project to interpret The Wancho Story of The Gourd for the format of animated film. The ethical questions of adapting indigenous oral narrative for the medium of animation are at the forefront of the research. As we navigate the tensions and compromises…
Creation: Our Stories of Life, Landscape and Belonging
We are looking for ways embedded in traditional tales that can assist us in our contemporary quest to live sustainably on a planet wide scale. Exploring the connections between Indian tribal tales and traditional Celtic stories, the project engages artists, volunteers and participants to create three works of art. Our world is faced with multiple threats posed by the fierce degradation and…
Animation Workshop in Kamhua Noknu village, 2020
It had been easy to imagine working with the Wanchos to create a short animated film when I wrote the proposal for The Stories of Our Ancestors project. Now the covid pandemic was raging across the world and bringing extended lockdowns in India. Besides, a foreign person requires a Protected Area Permit to visit Longding District, a remote corner of Arunachal Pradesh…
The Stories of Our Ancestors Blog
The project is to record, document, translate and study the folklore of selected tribal communities in India. These stories are the indigenous myths and remembered histories: the tales of origination, migration, territorial conflict and community belonging. It is vital to record and preserve the stories that are at the root of community identities, and to make the material accessible to readers in…
Tales of the Tribes
A series of five short animated films based on indigenous and tribal stories from Central India and the North East region.
Wancho Animation Workshop
The Wancho Animation Workshop was the place to discuss and develop a short animated film based on a Wancho folktale
Wancho Animation Workshop announcement
The announcement for the Wancho02Animation Workshop, March 2021.
How We Got Fire
How We Got Fire is a project to animate a story from the oral traditions of the Andamanese people.
The Wancho Story of the Gourd
The Wancho Story of the Gourd is a short film project based on the Wancho oral traditions from Arunachal Pradesh
Tso Tawo is an animated film based on a story from Khezhakeno village in South Nagaland