Category Archives: Women

Slideshow | Towards a pollution-free lifestyle supporting communities, their local economies, and their way of life: A celebration of World Earth Day 2016 in the Kanyakumari region – Tamil Nadu

 Photos and report courtesy S.S. Davidson, Tribal Foundation Nagercoil © 2016 Earth day celebrated by school kids Nagercoil Earth Day was celebrated at the Government Adidravida Middle School, Udayadi in the Western Ghats on April 22 by Tribal Foundation. Addressing the … Continue reading

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Audio | Manasamangal song cycle of the snake goddess, Manasa: A tribal goddess appropriated into the Hindu pantheon: The Travelling Archive – West Bengal & Bangladesh

To listen to the recordings, search for “Manasamangal” and click the play button beneath “Listen to a song from this session” on the Travelling Archive website >> Also visit the Travelling Archive website for a larger map and to view more images. The four recordings … Continue reading

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Tracing the loss of language over three generations: Films on indigenous culture directed by Helen Haig-Brown – Canada

My Legacy follows Helen Haig-Brown as she explores the often tenuous relationship between a mother and daughter made more complex by the legacy of residential school, taking us through a journey of healing the impacts of intergenerational trauma on trust, … Continue reading

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Interview with award-winning Gond artist Roshni Vyam: On finding a balance between her practice as artist and her studies – Madhya Pradesh

SHAILAJA TRIPATHI, The Hindu, Bengaluru, May 12, 2016 |To view more photos and read the full article here >> Roshni Vyam, one of the finest contemporary Gond artists of her generation tells SHAILAJA TRIPATHI that while her family was her biggest inspiration, … Continue reading

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Audio | “The Discovery of Democracy”: From being treated as “immigrant” in one’s native land to full participation – Canada

Democracy seems to be in peril. There are challenges to the idea of what a society should be, and who has the right to govern, as well as serious questions about the idea of shared values. Guests: John Ralston Saul, … Continue reading

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Tip | Opportunities for tribal youths to develop their communities: Affirming their cultural roots in a democratic society

To understand the developments most relevant to “tribal”, “indigenous” or “aboriginal” communities, both in India and worldwide Check posts by “clicking” any of the categories seen below (e.g. “Accountability”, “Democracy”, “Education”, “Health and nutrition”, “Rights of Indigenous Peoples”) Search this website … Continue reading

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A vacation school for Adivasi youths: Understanding tribal values and rights, gender issues and man’s interaction with nature – Kerala

By Express News Service, 23rd April 2016 KOCHI: A four-day Adivasi Students’ Camp that came to a close in Aluva on Friday reaffirmed the importance of the tribal way of life and the values they hold dear. The camp, organised by … Continue reading

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“Time now to undo the historical injustice” in accordance with the United Nations’ Rights of Indigenous Peoples: New column by Adivasi publicist Ruby Hembrom – The New Indian Express

Ruby Hembrom, The New Indian Express, 18-5-16 | To read the entire article and keep track of the author’s column, click here >> The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened at New York last week. This annual two-week … Continue reading

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A quantum leap for democracy: Empowering women, minorities and Aboriginal communities through leadership teams – Canada

Shreyasi Singh, Livemint, Nov 09 2015 | To read the full story and enlarge the chart, click here >> Justin Trudeau was the flavour of the season on social media after he was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime … Continue reading

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The unique narrative of shawls worn among 16 major tribes: Reflecting one’s social standing and the younger generation’s changing tastes – Nagaland

Deccan Herald, 31 July, 2010 ANTHONY KURIAKOSE narrates how each Naga shawl is a thing of beauty, mystery, history and eternal appeal. And how each shawl wraps in its folds, a unique narrative. | To cead the full article, click … Continue reading

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An advocate for policies that recognize India’s indigenous peoples as “essential custodians of their environments”: Sunita Narain – TIME 100 Pioneers 2016

Sunita Narain | TIME 100 Pioneers By Amitav Ghosh, April 21, 2016 Clearing the air Sunita Narain’s ideas have shaped some of the key debates of our time. […] Narain has also consistently opposed the kind of elite conservationism that blames environmental … Continue reading

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Video | The future can only be improved by knowing the past: Exploring the wisdom of Canada’s Inuit elders

In traditional Inuit culture, tribes relied on the knowledge of the elders for survival. Will the wisdom of the elders survive in the face of a new generation? Tepolah Atagoseaq, Inuit Elder in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Source: Inuit Wisdom … Continue reading

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Training tribal youth in crafts design, agriculture and plantations: Sampoorna Bamboo Kendra & Gram Gyanpeeth or “seat of rural knowledge” – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & Chattisgarh

Barkha Mathur, Times of India, Nagpur June 11, 2015 Twenty years back, in June 1995, newly-wedded couple Sunil and Nirupama Deshpande picked up a remote village, Lavada in Melghat region as their home. “We wanted to live in a place … Continue reading

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Tip | Find reliable resources on tribal welfare and education on the websites of Unesco, Unicef and other NGOs

Type “Unicef India tribal health”, “Unicef Orissa tribe”, “Unesco tribal development Gujarat”  or similar search terms in the search window here: Govt. of India, NGOs and international organisations >> Do the same on the Safe Search website >>

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Improving Bhil children’s reading skills and comprehension: Report on the use of colourful storybooks in a range of Indian languages besides English – Madhya Pradesh

Tulika’s  storybooks were very well received by the students at Kakrana’s Rani Kajal Jeevan Shala (village school). They enjoyed reading them and even understood the stories. They made a considerable impact on both teachers and students and opened the window … Continue reading

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Illustrated and bilingual resources suitable for urban and rural schools alike: A range of beautiful books published by Tulika & Tara

A Bhil Story story : Nina Sabnani pictures : Sher Singh Bhil Kuk.. Kuk.. The poor rooster can’t KUKAROOKOO because his throat is so parched. There is not a drop of water left in the village pond. The only hope … Continue reading

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Rejuvenating a tribe’s traditional dance form: Lambada women celebrate life with Natch – Andhra Pradesh

T. APPALA NAIDU, The Hindu A. KONDURU (KRISHNA), July 28, 2014 In a bid to rejuvenate Lambada tribe’s traditional dance form, Natch, a majority of women of the community are performing it to mark every happy moment of their daily … Continue reading

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Video | The unique puppetry of the Santals: Chadar Badar (Chadar Bandhani) – Bihar & West Bengal

Chadar Badar puppetry is unique to the Santal. The Chadar Badar is made of wood, bamboo and fabric, and works on a simple mechanism. The name Chadar Badar, often referred to as Chadar Bandhani, may be derived from the practice … Continue reading

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Video | Giving a voice to Adivasi literature at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016: Adivaani’s co-founder and publisher Ruby Hembrom – Rajasthan

“Silence is not my mother tongue”– Ruby Hembrom, executive director, Aadivani, during the concluding session dedicated to the issue of freedom of speech in India. (reported by Tehelka.com, January 28, 2016) “Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, providing access for all to … Continue reading

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Scheduled Tribes under the Constitution of India: Literacy rates and characteristics

The Constitution of India does not define Scheduled Tribes as such. Article 366(25) refers to scheduled tribes as those communities who are scheduled in accordance with Article 342 of the Constitution. According to Article 342 of the Constitution, the Scheduled … Continue reading

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“She spoke about the ordeals of adolescent girls in rural India and the solutions needed”: Workshops for marginalized girls – Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

Shreya Pareek, thebetterindia.com, January 22, 2015 | To read the full article and view more photos, click here >> A 15 days long camp has enabled shy and timid girls to come out in the open, be confident and look … Continue reading

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Banjara and Lambada tribes follow their old practices religiously – Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

The Hindu, August 23, 2013 |  To read the full article, click here >> […] “If the sprouts are thick and high, it is considered very lucky and their prayers answered. It is a belief among girls,” he pointed out. The … Continue reading

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Slideshow | A long journey: Growing vegetables and carrying it to the weekly market – Andhra Pradesh

VISAKHAPATNAM, Mar 23, 2015 Tribals toil hard in the vast expanse of fertile lands to grow vegetables and come in groups to weekly market on road-side at Araku in Visakhapatnam District. Men and women walk miles to carry their produce. … Continue reading

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Training and employment opportunities for India’s tribal youth: A round-up of recent initiatives and press reports – Kerala, Rajasthan & Telangana

Relinking tribal youth with their culture The Hindu, KOZHIKODE, December 16, 2015 | To read the full article, click here >> At a time when most art forms of the Scheduled Tribes in the country have faded into oblivion, the Kerala Institute … Continue reading

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Demographic Status of Scheduled Tribe Population of India (Census figures 2011): Government of India

Demographic Status of Scheduled Tribe Population of India | To download the full report (PDF) and view more maps, click here >> Table 1.1 State wise Scheduled Tribe population and decadal change by residence : 2011 (TOTAL) – see PDF for details … Continue reading

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