Your Donations will help me to publish the First Edition of 150 copies of the photo book, 'Totos Of Totopara- An Indigenous Tribe In A Globalised World' by August 2021.
*Rewards for Donors-
NOK 300 - NOK 599 A 6x4 inches print from the project.
NOK 600 - NOK 899 A Signed copy of a 6x9 inches print.
NOK 900 + A Signed copy of the Book (Hard Cover) + The Donor's name in Acknowledgement section of the book.
*Rewards shipping FREE across the globe!!!
For more details about the indigenous Toto tribe, please visit- https://ehappiness.photography/toto-tribe-project/
A total of 7 years in the making...
A long journey that started in 2014 to photo-document the life cycle, the traditions, culture & changes in the Toto tribe due to globalization.
Now that the journey is coming to an end, I come to you with this crowdfunding campaign.
Click the above video to know more about this Crowdfunding Campaign and the project.
I am also hoping to print the Second Edition of 100 books if there are more demands and requests.
Feel Free To Spread The Word!! :)
About The Toto tribe -
Totos, as an indigenous tribe reside only in Totopara, a small village in the West Bengal state of India bordering Bhutan, at the foothills of Himalayas. They are only about 1600 in numbers.
Apart from being endangered, their culture and traditions are on the brink due to globalisation and modernisation. Nepali, Bengali & Bihari culture outweigh the original Toto culture and one can find its assimilation and acculturation in the daily lives of the Totos, pushing their original culture to the edge.
Their language ‘Toto’ is also an endangered one as it is an oral tradition. Efforts by linguists to script the language are in process in order to save the language.
Difficulty located, the Totos as for other villagers in Totopara, face basic infrastructure issues related to health, electricity, roads and transport. There is a Primary Health Clinic but not a fully equipped ambulance, instead a just a jeep. But, mobile towers have reached that provide not only 3G but also 4G network!
The younger generation are on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, at the same time they try to strike a balance by showcasing their culture and tradition using the same social media.
All of this and lots more has been photo-documented in the proposed book!
Exhibitions & Artist Photo Talks-
I have already done 2 solo exhibitions & have delivered 7 photo talks, that included one at 'Litteraturhuset' & at ‘Oslo International Hub' in Oslo. This work was also e-exhibited in Oslo Open 2021 and at Her og Der Art Facebook and Instagram pages.
So, don’t shy away from donating and spreading a word about this unique crowdfunding campaign which will help me self publish the book. This will in turn shed light on the less known Toto tribe of India.
See you soon with this much awaited book.
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