International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 321

Full Length Research Paper

Challenges faced by the Bhotias for their livelihood and preservation of culture

Nirmesh Sharma
  • Nirmesh Sharma
  • Roorkee Institute of Technology (RIT), Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India.
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  •  Received: 03 January 2020
  •  Accepted: 20 April 2020
  •  Published: 30 April 2020


We frequently hear about the significance of cultural heritage. And while discussing humanitarian efforts, we might hear the phrase "cultural preservation." The term encompasses several activities surrounding maintaining ancient cultures from large nations all the way down to small indigenous tribes. However, the meaning of cultural heritage and its preservation needs to be ascertained. Heritage is an asset, something that is inherited or passed down from preceding generations and it does not consist of money or property, but of culture, values and traditions. Cultural heritage implies a shared bond and our belonging to a community which represents our history and identity; our bond to the past, to our present, and the future. While cultural preservation includes documenting and studying languages, preserving and restoring historic relics is significant to a culture or heritage; along with encouraging the preservation and use of indigenous or tribal languages and rituals. It has been evident that tribes play an indispensable role in preserving our rich and diversified cultural heritage which due to lack of awareness is dying day by day and if not being taken care of on immediate note, would become a notable loss for human beings. So, with the motto to save our culture from a gradual extinction, it is urgently necessary to overcome the challenges that come in the way of these tribes.
Key words: Bhotia tribe, culture preservation, heritage.