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Tribal Foundation

Tribal Foundation is a registered Trust, registered in 2009, created by a team of social activists, who have a track record of serving the poor and needy for two decades. The Foundation has two tribal people as trustees, who are inhabitants of the forest in Kanyakumari District in the Western Ghats.
The Foundation has been able to execute many activities for the social, educational, cultural, environmental development of the Kaani tribe of Kanyakumari District.The tribal people live in consonance with Nature, and derive everything from the forests for their livelihood.The hub of life revolves round forest ecology. Apart from the developmental activities for the tribal people, the Foundation concentrates on environmental activities as organising participatory environmental exposure programmes in environmentally vital spots as forests,seas,jungles and mountains.
The Kaani tribe, a traditional nomadic community, presently settled in the deep jungles and forests of the Western Ghats in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. They live in 59 settlements in the forests of Vilavancode and Kalkulam taluks and 3 settlements in Thovalai taluk. The traditional social structure of the community was a highly coordinated unit governed by a triumvirate called Mootukaani, the clan chief, Pilathi, the priest-physician and Vizhi Kaani , who was in charge of liaison and secretarial work. Presently with the introduction of the Panchayat Raj, which is a democratic self-government system, the traditional rule of the clan chiefs has eroded to a very large extent. They follow animistic religion and a practice of magic healing. The inhabitant area of the tribe is one of the world’s biodiversity ‘Hot Spots’. Kanyakumari forests where the tribe has settled is blessed with two monsoons having various eco-tourist-spots as cascading waterfalls, places of lustrous scenic beauty, widespread dams, mountain rivers, hill streams, snow-clad mountains, green carpets of dense forests, nature picnic spots etc. The Kaani tribal people are endowed with a rich traditional heritage of ethno-botany.

About Tribal Foundation

Tribal Foundation is a registered Trust, registered in 2009, created by a team of social activists, who have a track record of serving the poor and needy for two decades. The Foundation has two tribal people as trustees, who are inhabitants of the forest in Kanyakumari District in the Western Ghats.

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11 July 2015