Category Archives: Women

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 here on this website: Google’s ad-free Safe search >>

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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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Looking at the relationship between Native people and the land: Cherokee painter Kay WalkingStick reminds her viewers of a deeper story – United States of America

By Kathleen Ash-Milby And Bradley Pecore, American Indian, Fall 2015 VOL. 16 NO. 3 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> Kay WalkingStick has always been enthralled with the beauty of the landscape. […] “My paintings aren’t … Continue reading

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A call to end the enslavement of India’s rural peasantry: Tagore’s rebellion against the zamindari system continues to be relevant – Global Slavery Index

For updates on modern India’s ranking among 167 countries investigated and the response by the Indian government, please view the Global Slavery Index here:  www.globalslaveryindex.org/findings >> A tainted tradition [i.e. “patronage” by zamindars] by RAKSHA KUMAR, The Hindu, March 24, 2013 RAKSHA KUMAR visits Natpurwa, a … Continue reading

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The Forest comes to the city: “Vatavaran”, India’s largest festival on environment and wildlife issues – New Delhi

Report by filmmaker Kavita Bahl It was a unique initiative in many ways. Never before had CMS Vatavaran film festival, the largest festival on environment and wildlife issues in the country, hosted anything like this. The film festival into its … Continue reading

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Photo exhibition in London: “The Painted Forest Villages of Hazaribagh” – Jharkhand

The Painted Forest Villages of Hazaribagh Date:14 October 2015 Time: 10:30 AM Finishes:12 December 2015 Time: 5:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: The GalleriesType of Event: Exhibition Showcasing work by Photographer Deidi Von Schaewen, this exhibition explores the traditional painted houses of the … Continue reading

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Interacting with the tribals in 39 villages of Gadchiroli district for mutual benefit: Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health – Maharashtra

TOI Social Impact Awards 2015: ‘Search’ light shines on tribal lives Sunil Warrier, Times of India, Mar 9, 2015 | To read the full article, click here >> In 1986, when Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang decided to adopt Gadchiroli … Continue reading

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From celebrating “creative communing” to “One World university”: Kanavu, an alternative school for tribal children in Wayand – Kerala

Guda is the celebration of creative communing, in theme as well as in the process. Persons from Paniya, Kattu Nayka and other tribal communities of Wayanad in the Indian state of Kerala got together at the commune «Kanavu» and took … Continue reading

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Video trailer | “Belle” on the (ongoing) campaign to end slavery throughout the world: A well-told story with accountability as the key to overcoming discrimination – United Kingdom

Belle Trailer 2013 – Official 2014 movie trailer […] The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in England after meeting an idealistic young vicar’s … Continue reading

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Researching India’s aboriginal culture from a historical and global perspective: IIAS Leiden – The Netherlands

Sofya A. Maretina (PhD) presented the paper entitled `Andaman Islands: society and nature’. She is well known as an expert on the minority peoples of India and the author of the series of monographs on the Naga and other tribes … Continue reading

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The Sohrai harvest festival of the Santals: Photos and customs explained by the Daricha Foundation – West Bengal and Jharkhand

The harvest festival of Sohrai is the biggest and most important festival of the Santals. During this festival, Santals pay homage to their gods and their ancestors as a thanksgiving for their crops, their cattle, their ploughs and everything that … Continue reading

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Self-help groups that improve the skills of tribal women and increase their income: Benefitting from the abundance of jackfruit – Odisha

Author(s) M Suchitra , July 05,2015, downtoearth.org.in Source : Down To Earth Current Issue Support – Down To Earth A machine empowers Odisha’s tribal women JhunuMALIK, a resident of Kanteikoli tribal village in Mohanataluk of Odisha’s Gajapati district, takes just two … Continue reading

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