The people of Bastar believe that each village was given its land by the Earth.
In return they look after the Earth by making some offerings at each agricultural festival. They also show respect to the spirit of the river,the mountain and the forest.
Local people look after all te natural resources within their boundary.Some villages protect their forests by engaging watchmen and each household contrbutes some grain to pay them.
Suppose if people from a village want to take some wood from the forests of another village then they pay a small fee called devsari,dand or man in exchange. In the annual big hunt where the headmen of villages in a pargana meet they discuss issues and matters of concern including forests.