High Altitudes

Celebrating human-nature relationships

Celebrating human-nature relationships

Himkatha is a bi-annual newsletter of NCF's High Altitude Program that yearns to celebrate the human-nature relationships of the agro-pastoral communities that inhabit the high-elevation landscape of Himachal Pradesh.

Civilization in this landscape dates back several millennia. Remoteness and tough weather conditions made it difficult to get to these places. In the process, they formed their own unique identity. Underling this was a sacred bond that people shared for the place which manifests in their folklore, traditions, beliefs, and their way of life. With improvements in accessibility, these regions became a subject of curiosity among explorers, academics: history, anthropology, geology and ecology.

​More recently, with a rise in tourism, travelers have reached these places and brought back stories depicting life from remote valleys that are broadcast regularly on popular digital media channels and online platforms. Despite all of this, seldom have we heard from the people of these regions and centered their narratives.

​Through HimKatha, we hope to explore and celebrate these local cultures, traditions, and practices that have stood the test of time. We want to amplify local voices and encourage communities to share their stories, experiences, and knowledge through the newsletter. While doing so, we hope not to shy away from discussing nature conservation topics that concern the region.

We hope that you will make time to read Himkatha and join the dialogue. Read more: www.himkatha.org