Centre for Community Knowledge


Ambedkar University Delhi


Wakching village with the stone seat

of the Angh (clan chief) in foreground.

Medicinal and Biodiversity Heritage of the Konyak Community at Mon District, Nagaland.

NIF-CCK Fellowship Program ​

Through this fellowship, the centre aimed to initiate a multi year research to create a theme based and Intensive oral and work process based cultural knowledge documentation database, by the CCK-NIF Fellow as part of a community led team. The purpose is to document endangered and vanishing oral knowledge from knowledge leaders and carriers from across the Konyak community within the next couple of years.

This collaboration between CCK and National Innovation Foundation started in June 2012. One field fellow was engaged under the CCK - NIF (National Innovation Foundation) Fellowship Program financially supported by NIF at the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK) Ambedkar University, Delhi. The duration of the fellowship was for one year and one field fellow, Mr L Tanwang Konyak was based at Mon (Mon district, Nagaland) to coordinate and conduct the work entailed.

Several villages such as Longkai .Pongkong , Wangla, Hongpoi in the lower and Tobu in the upper Konyak regions were visited. Much of the research focussd on documenting herbal practices, biodversity uses, collections of herbal samples and local knowledge around them. The information gathered over the year is recorded in a catalogue depicting the 'Status of Traditional Knowledge and Innovation in Agriculture and Biodiversity, Mon District, Nagaland'.

The documentation done during the year 2012-13, showing aspects of Medicinal and Biodiversity Heritage of the Konyak Community Cultural Resources, was displayed publicly at Nagaland University, Lumami Campus, as part of the Innovation Festival in from 15 May 2013 inaugurated by the President of India, H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee. 

In the years to come, a range of themes will be taken up for research, including 

- Village histories and local lore about origin, migration, settlement and activities through the year.
- Folk and morung-specific stories told as oral traditions.
- Aspects of lifestyle, garments and ornaments; traditional patterns and tattoos; eating and food cultures.

- Hunting and forest use, indigenous medical systems and medicinal knowledge.

- Life cycle rituals, Log Drum, Community living, village institutions and customary law and governance.

Field Fellow with Mr Mannang of Shanghak Chingnyu village at the Exhibition stall.