Pillur-e-book-final-thumbnail-2Forest Plants of the Nilgiris – Southern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

This is the third in a series of publications about the flora of this region. These books are an effort at increasing interest in wild and native plants amongst non specialists. The Southern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve hosts a variety of habitats, ranging from dry deciduous to grasslands to riparian forest types and is one of the lesser known regions of the Reserve. Plants of the Pillur region are mainly recorded in this publication.

Information about the plants of Pillur was collected over several years of field work related to forest products, wild bee foraging plants, edible wild plants, ecological monitoring by local people and other ecological studies conducted by Keystone Foundation. The adivasi people of Pillur Valley, viz. the Irula, have been our partners in this undertaking.

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Sigur-Flora-book-FINAL-1-cover-2Forest Plants of the Nilgiris – Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

This book is the second volume in the series covering the dominant plant species in the landscape of the Sigur plateau, Mudumalai, Bandipur, and Nagarhole regions. These areas together form the northern slopes of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. These forests range from dry deciduous to moist deciduous and are found as large extensive tracts. The evergreen and semi-evergreen types, found in smaller fragmented areas within these tracts, have not been covered in this volume.

The plants in this volume have been documented through the various surveys that were done in the region to locate indigenous bees. The adivasis of the Sigur plateau, viz. The Irula and Jenukurumba were our resource persons for this book.
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“Living with Gaur” is an educational booklet aimed at increasing awareness about Gaur and their behaviour. This booklet is meant to be used across all age groups.

We, at Keystone Foundation, strongly believe in co-existence among wildlife and humans. To better understand the relations humans share with Gaur in Kotagiri, we undertook a study, tracking their movements in and around town areas, as well as observing their behaviour and other interactions. This booklet puts together some of the information gathered through this study and we hope it will be beneficial to you and help you build many wonderful memories of Gaur around you!

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Insects form a large part of the biodiversity on earth. And biodiversity is important for the resilience of this planet we all inhabit. A large proportion of biodiversity exists in agricultural landscapes close to forests. It is crucial to protect these bees and birds that forage in such ecosystems. Insects are tiny and their numbers run to millions. Yet we often easily overlook their value. There is an entire range of arthropods (insects, spiders, millipedes, etc.) that live in such systems and perform specific roles to maintain the ecological harmony of the habitat.

The Keystone Handbook on Honey Hunting (English/Malayalam)

keystone-handbook-on-honey-hunting-cover-pageWorking with the honey hunters in the hill ranges of the Nilgiris for over a decade, Keystone felt a gap in the information outreach for different stakeholders. Thus was born the idea of this handbook which would serve as a guide to the best practices in honey hunting and processing activities. The target audience for this book includes honey hunters, Forest Department personnel, NGO workers & trainers who will benefit from this sharing of experiences.

The book endeavors to bring forth nuances of honey hunting unknown to outsiders, besides serving as a guide for correct and easy to use directions on management of honey. It seeks to reinforce the importance of honey hunters in the process of honey hunting.

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Forest Plants of the Nilgiris – Eastern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

This is the first & foremost volume in the series of publications about the flora of the  Nilgiris with its focus on the eastern slopes of the region. This book gives you an insight of the high diversity of flora existing in the eastern region. It contains intricate descriptions about each plant and will help as a field guide for field workers, students, naturalists & many others like minded as the former. A guide that will be facile for a newbie nature enthusiasts to grasp as well.

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Honey Trails in the Blue Mountains

The Honey trails in the Blue Mountains gives the reader a voluminous insight on the wide-ranging and diverse environment encompassing the indigenous communities of the NBR. It also speaks about the interlaying complexities involving bees, forests, people and their livelihoods.

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 The Choice of Grain

This is a document that addresses issues related to crop diversity, traditional agriculture practices, food sovereignty and the use of land rights by the communities.

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Where the Kurinji blooms

This book is a learning module with rich images and illustrations that depict the various attributes and highlights the biodiversity that prevails in the NBR. The book gives you a broader understanding of the species of Nilgiris, however, it is amusing to realize how science interrelates than if they were to be studied separately. It will be applicable for adults and children with excessive zeal for nature.

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kota066Kota Pottery

This book is a very first documentation done on the Kota black Pottery. It provides a comprehensive understanding on the social, technical & anthropological aspects of the Kota tribe and their highly developed yet simple pottery systems.

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Protocols for Harvest (English & Malyalam)

This book aims to cover aspects concerning sustainable harvesting of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP), and seek to address institutions, NGOs, and researchers working with harvester communities to enhance sustainable forest-based livelihood/enterprise. It contains information and suggested methodologies for community-based ecological monitoring.

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HoneyHunters & Beekeepers of Tamil Nadu

This book is a pioneering study of traditional communities practicing honey hunting and beekeeping in the hills of Tamil Nadu. The survey covered 15 hill ranges and 11 distinct type of Indigenous communities. This book will be of interest to professionals in the environment and development sector, the government and students and researchers. To Buy this book, please write to communications@keystone-foundation.org

Sacred Groves of Kurumas (Tamil)

A book dedicated to the Kurumas ( otherwise known as Kurumbas). This book is a modest attempt to document their time – honoured Sacred Groves, their present status, and practices pertaining to the same. A book that speaks from the communities perspective rather than an academic approach. To Buy this book, please write to communications@keystone-foundation.org

 Medicinal Plants of the Kurumas (Tamil)

Indigenous Knowledge has taken many forms, usually being material that is collected by ‘outsiders’ and interpreted and presented by them. This booklet attempts to change the trend that enabled the community members to collect information and write about their medicine. A documentation that revives and popularizes their indigenous knowledge. To Buy this book, please write to communications@keystone-foundation.org

Wild foods of Irula of the Pillur Region ( Tamil)

A pictorial booklet that documents the Indigenous Knowledge of the Irulas. The book is compiled by the members of the community residing in Pillur. A Documentation that records the wild food plants of the Irula of the Pillur region. To Buy this book, please write to communications@keystone-foundation.org

Wild foods of the Irula in the Sigur Plateau (Tamil)

This Booklet documents the Indigenous Knowledge of the Irula in the Sigur plateau. In the same manner, this book is compiled by the community members. The book is about wild food that the Irula obtain from forests around Sigur Plateau. To Buy this book, please write to communications@keystone-foundation.org

Wild foods of the Sholigas in the Punanjanur region (Kanada)

This booklet documents the Indigenous Knowledge of the Sholiga communities in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve. Through this documentation we hope to revive traditions and make them contemporary for the future;  encourage the older people to share their knowledge with the younger generation. This document has its focus on the Punanjanur Region in Chamrajnagar, Karnataka. To Buy this book, please write to communications@keystone-foundation.org




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