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So there was the village blacksmith, the tailor, the cattle-rearer, the hunter-gatherer, the farmer, the fisherman, and even an expert who had the perfect antidote for treating poison bites. But what amazed me was that none of the implements that were being used here were ‘bought’. They were all made by them. And necessity being the mother of invention, you could see innovation at its best. – Gangadharan Menon (“You’ve Seen Warli Paintings”, The Better India, 10 April 2014)
Traditional huts which use boulders and wooden logs are becoming rare in Yelagiri as many villagers now prefer concrete structures. But these tribal huts are much stronger. – Tribal architecture and culture, passed on through generations (The Hindu, 30 January 2013)

Learn more about tribal communities in the “Seven Sister States”: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland & Tripura

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Kondh Adivasis farmers known for their sophisticated practices of agro-forestry: Koraput region, “one of the world’s great biodiversity hotspots” – Odisha

CHITRANGADA CHOUDHURY – ANIKET AGA, counterpunch.org, 8 October 2019 | Read the full story here >> Pirikaka is a Kondh Adivasi farmer in her 40s.  Every year, for over two decades, she would prepare a hill slope for dongar chaas – literally, … Continue reading

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Is “brick house” the only sign of development? – West Bengal

Dr. Boro Baski; translated from Bengali to English by Asha BaskiOriginally published in Anandabazar Patrika (India’s most widely read Bengali daily) I was born in a Santal village in Birbhun District. In my childhood I saw how my mother cleaned … Continue reading

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The Gamit Adivasis: A community with its own stories of origin – Gujarat



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Video | “Barge Duyor” (Backyard Door): Song 2 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> 2 Barge Duyor (Backyard Door) [Starting from 5:08] ThemeAn old man says:Whenever I enter and leave my house through the back door I hear the hammering sound of the blacksmith … Continue reading

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