Category Archives: Anthropology

A new anthropological museum in Kolkata: New light on hunter-gatherers and modern India’s cultural and linguistic diversity – West Bengal

Shiv Sahay Singh, The Hindu, Kolkata, February 20, 2017 | To read the full article, click here >> A new museum in Kolkata tells the tale of how modern humans in the Indian subcontinent evolved from ancestors who arrived about 12.3 million … Continue reading

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Sharing a theology with ecology as the most important ethical guide for humans: The Asurs, a “Particularly vulnerable tribal group” – Jharkhand

G.N. Devy, The Indian Express, 6 March 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> The term tribal defies any universal definition. Between the Maoris of New Zealand, the Aborigines of Australia and the Indigenous People of North America, there … Continue reading

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“Who are Scheduled Tribes?”: Clarifications by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes – Government of India

To read the full post by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST, Govt. of India), click here >> The framers of the Constitution took note of the fact that certain communities in the country were suffering from extreme social, educational and economic … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Uttarakhand (Dehradun) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Uttar Pradesh … Continue reading

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“The sometimes disturbing story of how we are treating our fragile islands” – Andaman & Nicobar

Books on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Pankaj Sekhsaria 1) Islands in Flux – the Andaman and Nicobar Story (2017) 2) The Last Wave – An Island Novel (2014) 3) The Jarawa Tribal Reserve Dossier (2010) The three books, signed by … Continue reading

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Health benefits derived from “new species” of Ginger: A scientific paper published in international botanical journal – Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Shiv Sahay Singh, The Hindu, Kolkata: January 08, 2017 Scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have found a new species of Zingiber (commonly referred as Ginger) from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. | To read the full article, click here … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Baha Parab, the Santal Flower Festival “celebrating Man’s Communion with Nature” – West Bengal

 Baha Parab (Celebrating Man’s Communion with Nature) by Dr. Boro Baski, Bishnubati Baha Parab 28th Year of Adibasi Baha Parab (Santal Flower Festival), organized by Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust, successfully celebrated with various eventful programmes on 9th March 2017. BAHA means … Continue reading

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Santali and related tribal languages of the Chotanagpur region: Mundari, Ho and Birjiya – Jharkhand

Birjiya [Birjia] is the language spoken by Asur tribe/ethnic group, just as Kurukh is spoken by Oraon group, Santali by Santal group, Mundari by Munda group, Ho by Ho group and Kharia by Kharia group.  These are broadly identified by … Continue reading

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Published with the aim of enabling members of tribal communities to “face the modern world as sturdy, self- reliant citizens”: Tribal Hyderabad – Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

“We have no time to lose in putting our aboriginals on their feet and enabling them to face the modern world as sturdy, self- reliant citizens.” – Foreword by W.V. Grigson Published 1945/00/00 Topics NATURAL SCIENCES, Biological sciences in general, … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Tamil Nadu, Telangana & Tripura

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Tamil Nadu (Chennai) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Telangana (Hyderabad) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Tripura (Agartala) … Continue reading

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Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum Hyderabad: “Celebrating the aboriginals who lived on this very hill” – Andhra Pradesh

October 22, 2012 | To read the full description with pictures, click here >> Located right in the heart of city near Banjara hills, celebrating the aboriginals who lived on this very hill is the Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum Hyderabad. Nehru Centenary … Continue reading

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Information Relating to Tribals: The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) – Government of India

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) was established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article 338A in the Constitution through the Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003. | Learn more >> Source: Introduction | National Commission for Scheduled … Continue reading

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The Southern Regional Centre of IGRMS: “A hub for community” at Mysore (Maisuru) – Karnataka

Southern Regional Centre Mysore The Southern Regional Centre of IGRMS, at Maisuru (Mysore), is the outcome of initiatives of the central government and keen interest of the State Government of Karnataka. The State government has allotted, in the year 2000, … Continue reading

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The Asurs’ remembrance of their ancestors: A ‘particularly vulnerable’ tribal group –  Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal

Prashant Pandey & Premankur Biswas, Indian Express, December 8, 2016 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> Chamru is an Asur, a ‘particularly vulnerable tribal group’ that dominates Sakhuapani’s population of about 2,000 and lives in villages … Continue reading

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Discussing the scope for an Adivasi agenda: Conference on indigenous knowledge, sacred sites & eco-feminism at Jadavpur University (February 2017) – West Bengal

Themes covered by Prof. Dr. Marine Carrin at Jadavpur University (Kolkata) in February 2017 Conference 1: Indigenous Forests: the colonial legacy Conference 2: How Santals speak about places?  The making of sacred places. Conference 3: Indigenous knowledge as reinvented by men, … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Rajasthan & Sikkim

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Rajasthan (Jaipur) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Sikkim (Gangtok) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org … Continue reading

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Project “Dhwani” introduced at the state-run Tribal Museum – Maharashtra

Garima Rakesh Mishra, Indian Express,  Pune  Updated: March 9, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> As one enter the Queen’s Garden near Circuit House, he finds a building that immediately catches attention-the state-run Tribal Museum. On entering … Continue reading

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Priceless tribal knowledge systems “should become part of the syllabus” – Telangana

S. Harpal Singh, The Hindu, ADILABAD: April 06, 2015  | To read the full article, click here >> The tribal knowledge systems, shared by the Gond, Pardhan, Kolam and Thotti Adivasis in this district, have originated from centuries of observation of … Continue reading

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Slideshow | National seminar on ‘The importance of the Community Museum for the Education and the Development of the Santals’ – West Bengal

The National seminar on ‘The importance of the Community Museum for the Education and the Development of the Santals’  that was organized with the support of the Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) has ended with a successful note on 8th December … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab & Puducherry

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Nagaland (Kohima) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Odisha (Bhubaneshwar) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org … Continue reading

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Bold patterned artworks that tell a story: The colours and lines of Aboriginal art – Rajasthan & Australia

Neena Bhandari, The Hindu, October 15, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> The colours and lines of Aboriginal art in Australia’s outback take the author back to the deserts of her birthplace in Rajasthan In the grainy … Continue reading

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On the need for decolonising the colonial construction of Adivasi society: An extensive literature on communities viewed as “distinct societies”

Journal » Vol. 43, Issue No. 39, 27 Sep, 2008 » The Mapping of the Adivasi Social: Colonial Anthropology and Adivasis | Special Articles | Bhangya Bhukya The construction of textual knowledge about Indian communities in the colonial milieu resulted in an extensive literature on … Continue reading

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Tribal Research and Development Institute (Bhopal): A ‘nodal’ centre in support of tribal culture – Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan & Chhattisgarh

Activities The Institute has carried out extensive ethnographic studies on the tribes of Madhya Pradesh and maintains a rich database in its documentation centre. Evaluation and impact assessment studies of schemes of the government related to development and empowerment of … Continue reading

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Museum exhibitions | Showcasing the life of Chenchus and Lambadas: Heritage Museum (Hyderabad) – Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

Yunus Y. Lasania, The Hindu, HYDERABAD, May 19, 2016 | To read the full article and view more photos, click here >> From the life of Chenchus and Lambadas living in the State to the kind of lives tribals lead, … Continue reading

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Araku Tribal Museum: “Like being in the world of local tribes” – Andhra Pradesh

Anuradha Goyal, January 27, 2014 | To read the full description, click here >> Araku Tribal Museum is located in Araku, a small town in the valley surrounded by hills and many waterfalls, about 110 km’s from Visakhapatnam. What makes Araku Valley … Continue reading

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