Books on tribal culture and related resources

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Irish Journal of Anthropology: Special issue on Adivasi identity

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Tribal Arts in India: The National Inventory of Tribal Museums. Foreword by GN Devy (Project Director, Bhasha Research and Publication Center). Vadodara: Purva Prakash Publications, 2012. ISBN 9788192240558. Rs. 1400. More information >>

Adivasis legal provisions, languages, locations : a reference document for the status of adivasis and denotified & nomadic jatis in India. Vadodara : Adivasi Academy and Bhasha Research & Publications Centre, 2004. Rs. 250. More information >>

Vadodara : Adivasi Academy and Bhasha Research & Publications Centre, 2004. Rs. 250. More information >>

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Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia

Exhibition Catalogue: 136pp; Full Colour; ISBN 978-0-947595-24-1

Over one hundred artefacts, paintings and photographs from the collections of MAA, many of which have never been exhibited before, will be complemented by artworks by contemporary artists from the communities represented, commissioned with support from the Art Fund. | Learn more (UK) | Order in India from adivaani.org >>

Written by Mark Elliott, Senior Curator (Anthropology), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge; Foreward by Nicholas Thomas; Afterward by Ruby Hembrom >>

Books on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Pankaj Sekhsaria. More information >>

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)

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A 10-book series in Odia and the languages used by four tribal communities in Odisha (Kui, Saura, Munda and Juanga), in the Odia script. “They are the first-ever books for the reading pleasure of children in these languages”. More information >>

Suggested reading with additional information on this website

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Cadence and Counterpoint, Documenting Santal Musical Traditions by Johannes Beltz, Ruchira Ghose and Maria-Eve Celio-Scheurer (eds.). Niyogi Books. ISBN 978-93-83098-92-7. Rs. 1595. More information >>


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Santal Music: A Study in Pattern and Process of Cultural Persistence by Onkar Prasad. Tribal Studies of India Series T115. New Delhi: Inter-India Publications. More information >>


Musical Instruments of Tribal India by Dilip Bhattacharya. New Delhi: Manas Publications 1999. ISBN 8170490928. Rs. 2995. WorldCat.org >>

A Nomad Called Thief: Reflections on Adivasi Silence and Voice by GN Devy
Orient Blackswan, 2006, 199 pages, ₹ 495.00 ISBN 978-81-250-3021-8


Voices from the Periphery: Subalternity and Empowerment in India by Marine Carrin and Lidia Guzy (eds.). New Delhi: Routledge India, 2012. Rs. More information >>

Performing Identities: Celebrating Indigeneity in the Arts by Geoffrey V. Davis, G. N. Devy, K. K. Chakravarty. Routledge India, 2014. ISBN 9781138795990. More information >>


Writings from North-East India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011 and related titles >>

Celebrating Life: The Santal Experiment in Freedom. Ten Years of a Non-Formal Santal School (1996-2006) by Boro Baski and Kumkum Bhattacharya (eds.).  Sattore: Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust, 2007. Rs. 100. More information >>


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Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability. Graphic novel on Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar with art by award winning Gond artists Durgabai Vyam and Subhas Vyam; story by Srividya Natarajan and S. Anand. Navayana Publishing, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-8189059170. “A must-read for every child and adult in the nation and a must-include in every school’s curriculum.” More information >>