The Korugu colony at Perdala near Badiyadukka comprises of circa 25 families with a total population of about 150 persons. Though the colony is within Kerala, the people speak Tulu. This tribal community leads an extremely excluded life though physically not far from the mainstream society. The people practice the work carried out by their ancestors from time immemorial, as weavers of a few household items including muram, arivatti, etc. The raw material is collected from the forests bordering the village along with other items purchased from the local market. All capable members of families join in the work. The products made are sold in the local market and households; the meagre earnings are used to purchase essential items of food. The community lives focussing each day: the raw material collection, weaving, selling of products and purchase of rice etc are also carried out on a daily basis. There is nothing saved or carried forward to the next day or week. Kanji or simple rice gruel consumed twice a day is almost the only food. The whole time is spent silently in the work to enable the hand to mouth existence. A few of the children go to the local school which has only one teacher. The children’s living conditions are pathetic, lacking basic amenities, proper nutrition or medical care.
The project aims to ensure the general well-being of the community following scientific protocols of cultural interventions. The health and educational wellbeing of the children will have greater priority. The scientific documentation of the Koragu tribal community is the academic goal of the project. A trans-disciplinary team in collaboration with the local-self-governments and academic institutions in the district is expected to undertake the tasks.
For full details of the project, academic collaborations, joining the research team, internships etc; institutions, experts, researchers and students can contact the Principal Investigator of the project by writing to PAMA.