Life in a forest

This 60-year-old guard used to walk over 30km a day in the forests with a little bag of food, and his instincts have saved hundreds of animals and forests officials in the past four decades. Keechanna has also won the national tracker award and stopped over 200 poachers in the jungles. 
  
He never used a gun or wireless phone to patrol the jungles. "He can smell the trails of a tiger or any other animal, and tell you precisely the time when the animal passed through the spot. He will even tell you which direction it went," said Rajgopal D, wildlife warden.

Keechanna is a Jenu Kuruba, who has lived his life in Bandipur before the tribe was relocated to villages outside the limits of the national park in 1970s. His family was moved to Karemala village. He married off his four children, and all work in farmhouses. "My children are not interested in fighting for their lives in forests. My wife and I have lived with these animals and trees, we cannot adjust anywhere else," Keenchanna said.


A tree house built by the Jenu Kuruba tribe of Karnataka, have been living on trees since the last 65 years. Around 40 people belonging to Jenu Kuruba tribe in Banavara village of Somwarpet taluk of Karnataka have made trees their home as they have been neglected by the local administration.
  

Tree House

A tree house built by the Jenu Kuruba tribe of Karnataka, have been living on trees since the last 65 years. Around 40 people belonging to Jenu Kuruba tribe in Banavara village of Somwarpet taluk of Karnataka have made trees their home as they have been neglected by the local administration.

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JENU KURUBA HUT IN H.D.KOTE<MYSORE DISTRICT
JENU KURUBA HUT
 Rajgopal explained how Keechanna braved two sloth bears with bare hands and escaped many elephant attacks. "Once during a patrol in the forests, we encountered two sloth bears. The defensive mother bear attacked us because it was her area, and she was with her cub. As it pounced on Keechanna, he held it by his hands and fought as if it were a human. Although the other bear bit his hand, he glared at it and pushed it away," remembered Rajgopal.

Elephant attacks are a routine affair in these parts. "On many occasions, he has saved my life. When elephants attack they will definitely kill. I have learnt from him that before the elephant identifies you, you should identify it and escape," Rajgopal told TOI.
 
But this 60-year-old man, all of five feet, has braved animal attacks with his instincts, saved forest officials and animals from poachers in the pristine Bandipur forest.
















































 






 

The Jenu Kurubas

The Jenu Kurubas, primary inhabitants of this forest area, are a tribe in Karnataka state and their traditional practices. and rituals are slowly disappearing.In Kannada, the term ‘Jenu’ means ‘honey’ and the term ‘kuruba’ generally mean ‘shepherd’. It is derived from the Kannada word ‘kuri’ which means ‘sheep’. The term kuruba is also associated with non-shepherd communities.


Jenu Kuruba

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The Jenu Kuruba are a tribal community found in forest covered districts of southern Karnataka and border areas of Kerala. The Jenu Kuruba are classified by the Government of Karnataka as a Scheduled tribes.

Etymology

In Kannada language, jenu means honey and kuruba means shepard, implying that jenu kuruba name means gatherer of honey.

Origins

According to one legend, after the fall of the pallava empire many kurubas settled down in south India as small land owners and farmers, some kurubas took to hiding in the forests of south india and adopted to a lifestyle in forest, they developed their own culture and traditions different from others due to their prolonged isolation.

Lifestyle

They live in small settlements called Hadi or Hatti. They have traditionally been food-gatherers, practicing shifting cultivation, leading to a nomadic existence. More recently, they have taken to living in larger hamlets, with government interventions. They practice agriculture as a subsidiary occupation. Instead of ploughing the field, they scratch the surface with a bamboo spear.


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