COVID-19 and Indigenous People: The Role of Communication in Improving Resilience

Last week, there was news of nine members of the Great Andamanese Tribe testing positive for COVID-19. This is alarming for all of us for a number of reasons. Indigenous communities are especially vulnerable to the pandemics and epidemics, historically, and at present, due to a number of factors. These factors were outlined in the webinar titled “COVID- 19 and Indigenous People: Role of Communication in Improving Resilience” given on 9th August 2020, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, by Dr. Kartic Godavarthy for Department of Anthropology, Sikkim University, Gangtok.

“We need to be a wall so that COVID does not make inroads into indigenous domains” he says. Listen to the recording for a detailed account of
  • Resilience and it’s economic, social, psychological and biological dimensions
  • Role of resilience in bouncing back from the pandemic
  • The vulnerability of Indigenous People to COVID-19
  • Challenges to communicating with Indigenous People in the context of COVID-19
  • Key messages that need to be communicated about COVID-19
  • Why two-way communication is most important
  • What can Anthropologists do?
  • What we can learn from Indigenous Communities
  • And more…

Fri Sep 4, 2020

Dr. Kartic Godavarthy

Anthropologist, Mentor for Civil Service aspirants, Film-maker

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