Local Wisdom Of Tana Ai Ethnic As An Effort To Preserve Harmonious And Sustainable Environment In Ojang Village, Talibura District, Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara

Suswandari, Sri Astuti, Eka Nana Susanti

This study reveals the values of local wisdom of the Ethnic Tana Ai Ojang Village, Talibura District, Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, which are related to environmental preservation. Local wisdom of a community describes a collection of local ideas to explain a systematic action that is implemented for good deeds. The values of local wisdom of the Tana Ai ethnic group in Ojang Village describe the relationship of strong interdependence between humans and their natural environment. The study was conducted by Spreadley qualitative ethnographic approach. The result shows that changes in the values of life are due to the rapid development of science and technology which posed a threat to the values of local wisdom in environmental preservation efforts. Ethnic Tana Ai has its way to cultivate and protect the environment based on the values of local wisdom and still ensues to this day. Water and land continuously become an important and respected part of the concept of life in the Tana Ai ethnic culture. Various forms of ritual specifically for environmental preservation steadily run and become the identity of the Tana Ai ethnic. The strength of customary regulations that bind the entire Tana Ai Ethnic community becomes a living behavior to maintain harmony and preservation of nature and the environment as a source of life.

Volume 12 | Issue 6

Pages: 2364-2376

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I6/S20201196