Folklore in Indigenous and Tribal societies are storehouses of knowledge. Origin myths, stories about nature, flora, fauna, narratives about ancestors and histories about moments in time and places – they all coalesce to provide a people with a sense of place in this world, conferring identities and inculcating customs relating to their community and world. Drawing on folktales from the rich canon of Naga folklore, this paper looks at ways folklore offers an alternative arc for Big History. My presentation will take the form of storytelling, where I will share a few folktales to demonstrate how the timelessness of folklore serves to inform us of our place in time – a time where past, present and future fold into each other.
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