Category Archives: Women

Tip | “Dancing on our turtle’s back”: A book on the concept of Indigenous knowledge and culture by Adivaani.org – Canada

Dancing on our turtle’s back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence. By Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Kolkata: Adivaani. 2014 (First published in Canada, 2012) ISBN 9788192554174. Rs. 250. | Order details >> Felix Padel reviews Dancing on our turtle’s back… Because we belong … Continue reading

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Apatani tattoos in a global context: A custom that preceded modern fashion by centuries – Arunachal Pradesh

Sanghamitra Baruah, Times Crest, 12 June 2010, June 12, 2010 | To read the full story, click here >> Centuries before rockstars and celebrities, tattoos were used by tribal men and women across the world, whether it was the Maoris of … Continue reading

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Tribal participation in efforts to overcome diseases and malnutrition: Tribal activist and medical doctor Dr. Kamalakshi – Kerala

K.A. Shaji, The Hindu, Palakkad, July 1, 2014 A doctor couple have dedicated their life to the tribal people of Attappady. Till two decades ago, the majority of tribal people in Attappady were reluctant to approach doctors even in cases … Continue reading

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Let indigenous people decide their own future and that of their environment: Ramon Magsaysay Award 2014 for Butet Manurung – Indonesia

Manasi Mathkar, The Hindu, Sunday Magazine, September 20, 2014 | To read the full interview, click here >> Butet Manurung, winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2014, talks about her work with Indonesia’s indigenous tribes and why she chose to start … Continue reading

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“A mine of information” that questions earlier writings on tribals, colonial history and the effects of globalization: Book review – Jharkhand and Bihar

K. R. A. Narasiah, The Hindu, September 22, 2014 | To read the full review, click here >> A plateau accounting for half of the country’s mineral wealth comprising coal, iron-ore, copper, bauxite, chromite, dolomite, limestone, manganese and mica in erstwhile Chotanagpur … Continue reading

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The representation of tribal women in Indian cinema: A discussion of Satyajith Ray’s classic “Days And Nights In The Forest” – West Bengal

To discuss the troubling issue of “sensuality” mainstream society associates with Santal women, watch the relevant scene as part of the introduction by Preston Miller >> The entire film by Satyajith Ray can be watched on YouTube: Published on Aug 17, 2014 Directed by Satyajit Ray, 1970 Soumitra … Continue reading

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Slideshow | World of Warli by Tamarind Tree – Maharashtra

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Folklore and Folkloristics: Special issue on Capacity Building of Students in Higher Education with special reference to Tribal students in Tripura

To download this issue (217 p.), click here >> This is a special issue of Folklore and Folkloristics which contains the papers of a National Seminar on ―Capacity Building of Students in Higher Education with special reference to Tribal students … Continue reading

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Video | Voices of Bhil tribal from semi-arid forest: A documentary on forest Rights by Purabi Bose – Rajasthan

Forest Rights: Jung Jungle aur Jungle ke logo ka. Voices of Bhil tribal from semi-arid forest, Rajasthan, India. A short video documentary (14mins) film ‘Forest Rights’ is produced and directed by Purabi Bose based on research field work data collection. … Continue reading

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Video | Solar Mamas: Training women from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Columbia, and Guatemala at the Barefoot College – Rajasthan

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary, Solar Mamas, the female students of India’s Barefoot College start their crash course in solar engineering. Coming from rural areas of Jordan, Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Colombia, this classroom experience is … Continue reading

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Video | Swang Nritya, the drama of the Sahariya tribe: Songs and dance that spread awareness about social issues like child marriage, women’s rights, the need of education – Rajasthan

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Slideshow | World Indigenous Peoples Day celebrated by Kaani tribal people in the West Ghats: Tribal Foundation – Tamil Nadu

Nagercoil, 9 August 2014 International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was celebrated by Tribal Foundation at Vellambi tribal settlement on August 9, by highlighting the traditional vanishing food culture of the forest inhabitant kaani tribal people. Addressing the tribal … Continue reading

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The Adivasi way of life: Utopian or worth emulating by ‘mainstream’ society? – An ongoing debate

Mari Marcel Thekaekara, NewInt.org/blog, June 13, 2014 To read the full blog and all comments, click here >> Anyone who has had some meaningful interaction with India’s indigenous or adivasi people, cannot fail to be touched by the encounter. There … Continue reading

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Santal customs and the question of women’s rights vs. ‘punishment': A commentary by Ruby Hembrom – West Bengal & Jharkhand

Ruby Hembrom, Times of India, 25 January 2014 | To read the full commentary and understand its context, click here >> KOLKATA: The news of the gang rape as a punishment in Birbhum district was the most horrific piece of news … Continue reading

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Tip | Tribal customs, homes and ornaments in South India: Videos and photographs by Venkatesh (Vicky) Lakshmanan

Videos Cultural traditions of the Halakki people – Karnataka Kota women’s dance: Shivaratri celebrations – Nilgiri mountains of Tamil Nadu Photos The Halakki people of Uttara Kannada district – Karnataka Kota dance and music – Nilgiri mountains of Tamil Nadu Village life … Continue reading

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Census 2011: Demographic Status of Scheduled Tribe Population of India & maps – Govt. of India

To view, print or download the full report and maps, click here >> Table 1.1 State wise Scheduled Tribe population and decadal change by residence : 2011 (TOTAL) Table 1.2 All India Population and Total ST Population-Male&Female (Census 2011) Table 1.3 … Continue reading

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Tip | Search useful information before visiting India: Responsible tourism, eco tourism and volunteer work

New and “exotic” destinations are being promoted by the tourism industry all over the world. Responsible travellers and volunteers care about the welfare of local people. Some restrictions may prevent tourists from entering sensitive “tribal” areas of India. In other regions, the impact of tourism raises ethical questions. More >> Search tips: checking … Continue reading

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Benefitting from a tribal community’s symbiotic relationship with nature: The healing system practiced by Irula women – Tamil Nadu

INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK | Mar 29, 2005 | To read the full article, click here >> The Irulas’ Natural Products Corporation is a partnership firm located in the ITWWS campus, which produces, promotes and markets Irula health-care products. It provides employment … Continue reading

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Video | Adivaani at TEDxXLRI: Ruby Hembrom on professional publishing and self-expression by Adivasis in the modern world – Jharkhand & West Bengal

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Countering the destruction of Wayanad’s well-balanced ecology: Establishing home gardens in tribal hamlets – Kerala

Wayanad is quite rich in species that are important for food security, which, over the years, have fallen into disuse due to a multitude of reasons. Wayanad is also well-known for a high degree of endemism and species richness of … Continue reading

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Tip | The lives of tribal mothers, their babies and the lands on which they raise they children: Photo gallery – Survival International

The words ‘Aiya’, ‘Ngu’ and ‘Anaanak’ have the same meaning in different tribal languages: Mother. This gallery portrays the lives of tribal mothers, their babies and the lands on which they raise they children. Source: ‘Mother’ – Survival International Address … Continue reading

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Lighting up villages with solar power and doing other challenging things: Kudumbashree Adivasi women’s group of Edamalakudi – Kerala

To read the full story and view a slideshow, click here >> Posted on June 16, 2014 by P Sainath in Rural India The adivasi women of Edamalakudi, Kerala’s remotest panchayat, have formed a headload workers’ group, helped light up their villages … Continue reading

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A call for provisions to protect the dignity, respect and women’s rights at India’s tourist destinations – equitabletourism.org

Submission To Justice Verma Committee On Tourism’s Role In The Exploitation Of Women | To read the full text, click here >> [...] Please find attached EQUATIONS submission on concerns we have in relation to tourism’s role in the exploitation of … Continue reading

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Tip | Stories well told and images worth viewing: India’s tribal customs portrayed on fountainink.in

To read this and other stories, and also to view more photographs, click here >> Murali Maash went to the remote forests of Edamalakkudy as a teacher. He’s still there today, a living legend among the Muthuvan tribals. [...] A cluster of 28 tribal … Continue reading

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A national Conference on Educating for a Caring Society hosted by Vidya Vanam: An elementary school for children from tribal and underprivileged families – Tamil Nadu

BARADWAJ RANGAN, The Hindu, SUNDAY MAGAZINE, May 24, 2014 | To read the full report and view more pictures, click here >> [...] On May 29 and 30, Vidya Vanam [about 30 km from Coimbatore, on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala] will … Continue reading

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