Category Archives: Education and literacy

In contemporary practice, the tribal memory is greatly undermined. There is general insistence that tribal children attend schools where non-tribal children attend schools, that they use medicines manufactured for others and that they adopt common agricultural practices. All because the world has very little time to listen patiently to the tribals, with their immense knowledge and creativity. We have decided that what is good for us is good enough for them. In the process we are destroying a rich vein of our cultural heritage. – Prof. Ganesh Devy quoted by Dr. Ivy Hansdak (Inaugural Speech for the National Conference “Tribes In Transition-II” 2017)

Heralding social and economic actions: Hunting and food gathering in Durwa culture – Bastar

“Just as hunting is also about territory, the actions of food gathering links Durwa culture to language and metaphor to perceptions in ecology, and gives it a unique vantage from which to view a forest based lifestyle.” | Read the … Continue reading

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Learn more about tribal communities in Kerala

The Indian state of Kerala has a high literacy rate and human development index compared to other states in India. But this has not extended to the tribal population of the state. Female tribal populations are particularly disadvantaged for a … 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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Committed to spreading knowledge of India’s tribal and breaking the shackles that have held back tribal folk music: Anahad Foundation – New Delhi

Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk, TheBetterIndia.com, November 17, 2017 Folk music is an indelible part of India’s storied oral tradition. Songs emanating from the tribal folk tradition are critical fragments of this country’s vast cultural diversity. Based on simple instruments and arrangements, … Continue reading

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Video | “Bagi kedalang” (We no longer do the same): Song 3 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

3 Bagi kedalang (We no longer do the same) [Starting from 8:38] Theme Two school-boys sing: We have left our herding days but we cannot leave playing our flute. We have left hunting rats and birds in the jungle but we … Continue reading

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