Category Archives: Adivasi

Adivasis is the collective name used for the many indigenous peoples of India. The term Adivasi derives from the Hindi word ‘adi’ which means of earliest times or from the beginning and ‘vasi’ meaning inhabitant or resident, and it was coined in the 1930s, largely a consequence of a political movement to forge a sense of identity among the various indigenous peoples of India. – Minority Rights Group International (World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – India: Adivasis 2008)

Adivasi people have an alternative world view, which has rarely been acknowledged or recognized. Their existence was never based on accumulation or consumerism. […] All of us can learn from them. And it’s about time we started. – Mari Marcel Thekaekara (“Adivasi people: proud not primitive”, New Internationalist 15 July 2013)

Tribal groups (adivasis) in India have often been excluded, marginalized and oppressed by ‘mainstream’ society. In many ways this exclusion, marginalization and oppression is fostered by the way in which ‘mainstream’ society looks at the adivasis – as exotic, dangerous, or ‘primitive’ others. – A Nomad Called Thief: Reflections on Adivasi Silence and Voice by GN Devy (2006) published by orientblackswan.com

In search of a development that preserves the best parts of Adivasi culture and collectivity: Imagining an alternative “Discovery Of India”

Call us adivasis, please Gail Omvedt, The Hindu [Folio], ADIVASI, Special issue with the Sunday Magazine, July 16, 2000 | Read the full issues and other articles here >> If Adivasis were to start writing their own Discovery Of India, … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi, Adverse inclusion, Anthropology, Colonial policies, Commentary, Customs, Democracy, Eastern region, Ecology and environment, Ekalavya (Eklavya, Eklabya) & EMR schools, History, Misconceptions, Modernity, Names and communities, Nature and wildlife, Northern region, Press snippets, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Storytelling, Success story, Western region | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on In search of a development that preserves the best parts of Adivasi culture and collectivity: Imagining an alternative “Discovery Of India”

Learn more about tribal communities in West Bengal

Posted in Adivasi, Anthropology, Childhood and children, Community facilities, Crafts and visual arts, Cultural heritage, Customs, Eastern region, Ecology and environment, Economy and development, Figures, census and other statistics, Government of India, Health and nutrition, History, Languages and linguistic heritage, Literature and bibliographies, Maps, Modernity, Multi-lingual education, Music and dance, Organizations, Quotes, Revival of traditions, Seasons and festivals, Success story, Tagore and rural culture, Tips, Tourism, Women, Worship and rituals | Tagged , | Comments Off on Learn more about tribal communities in West Bengal

River Narmada (Dehwali) – A story from Gujarat

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>

Posted in Adivasi, eBook download sites, Education and literacy, ePub, Multi-lingual education, Names and communities, Narmada, Nature and wildlife, Organizations, Resources, Storytelling, Tips, Western region, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on River Narmada (Dehwali) – A story from Gujarat

Adivaani “the Adivasi voice”: A publishing house for India’s indigenous population – West Bengal

Copies available directly from Adivaani.org or reputed Indian bookstores including https://mayday.leftword.com >> Adivaani, a publishing house is archiving, chronicling and publishing stories of tribals, primarily Santhals | Read the full story by Manasi Shah (16 June 2019) in The Telegraph >> “Since … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi, Childhood and children, History, Languages and linguistic heritage, Literature and bibliographies, Media portrayal, Names and communities, Networking, Organizations, Quotes, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Storytelling, Tribal identity, Women, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on Adivaani “the Adivasi voice”: A publishing house for India’s indigenous population – West Bengal

Tribal Politics – adivasi culture, language, and religion in Encyclopedia of India

Tribal Politics The “tribal” peoples or adivasis of India, according to the 2001 census, constitute roughly 8.1 percent of the country’s population, some 83,6 million people, classified under 461 different communities. They occupy a belt stretching from the Bhil regions … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi, Adverse inclusion, Anthropology, Assimilation, Colonial policies, De- and re-tribalisation, Ecology and environment, Endangered language, Figures, census and other statistics, Government of India, Misconceptions, Modernity, Names and communities, Organizations, Quotes, Revival of traditions, Rural poverty, Sacred grove, Tribal identity, Worship and rituals | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tribal Politics – adivasi culture, language, and religion in Encyclopedia of India