Category Archives: Chotanagpur

“The Chotanagpur region of Jharkhand has many tribal groups living close to each other. A unique phenomenon of this region is the emergence of a hybrid language called ‘Nagpuri’ or ‘Sadri’, which is used as lingua franca. […] In Santal Parganas (Dumka) region, there are two main tribal groups – the Santal and the Paharia. […] There are other small groups also in Chotanagpur like the Birhor of Netarhat and the Chik Baraik.” – Ivy Hansdak (Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi) in “Santali and related tribal languages of the Chotanagpur region: Mundari, Ho and Birjiya”
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21807

“A plateau accounting for half of the country’s mineral wealth comprising coal, iron-ore, copper, bauxite, chromite, dolomite, limestone, manganese and mica in erstwhile Chotanagpur area deserves to be studied in depth not only for the minerals but for its human endeavour to liberate itself from exploitation by greedy industrialists and insensitive rulers, be it colonialists or Indian, from time to time.” – K.R.A. Narasiah reviewing Colonial and Contemporary Bihar and Jharkhand by Lata Singh & Biswamoy Pati (eds.) in “Bihar’s past struggles reconstructed” (The Hindu, 22 September 2014)
https://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/bihars-past-struggles-reconstructed/article6436022.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15699

According to Jaipal Singh, a Munda from Chotanagpur, “the tribals were the ‘original inhabitants’ of the subcontinent – hence the term ‘adibasi’ or ‘adivasi’, which means precisely that. Jaipal formed an Adibasi Mahasabha in 1938 which asked for a separate state of ‘Jharkhand’, to be carved out of Bihar. To the tribals of Chotanagpur, he was their marang gomke, or ‘great leader’. In the Constituent Assembly he came to represent the tribals not just of his native plateau, but of all India.” – Ramachandra Guha in India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy (New Delhi: Picador India), p. 115
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15375

Anthropological Museum in Mysore – Karnataka

Anthropological MuseumManav Bhawan, BogadiMysore, Karnataka Anthropological Survey of Indiawww.ansi.gov.in The Anthropological Museum is a treasure trove of objects and weapons used by the South Indian communities, primarily the tribal communities, of India. Established in 1965 by the Anthropological Survey of … Continue reading

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International framework through ILO and U.N. Conventions recognises rights of indigenous and tribal communities to ownership, control and management of land and resources

Tribal and indigenous communities across the world have been asserting their rights to the mineral wealth often found under the land they own or possess or have traditional rights to. They have been historically denied even a share of that … Continue reading

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Hunta dance of the Santhals of the Chotanagpur region – Jharkhand

The Hunting Dance of the Santhals who live in the hilly plateaus of the Chota Nagpur region of the Santhal Parganas of Jharkhand is known as the Hunta Dance. This powerful dance requires a lot of strength and vigour and … Continue reading

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eJournal | Irish Journal of Anthropology: Special issue on Adivasi identity

TABLE OF CONTENTS GUEST EDITORIAL GENERAL EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS 11 HARALD TAMBS-LYCHE COMMENT ONWILL INDIA HAVE TO LIVE WITH CASTE FOR ALL TIME TO COME? ARTICLES 14 HARALD TAMBS-LYCHEDOMINATION BY HEGEMONY, OR FORCE COUNTERED BY RESISTANCE? THE INDIAN … Continue reading

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The story behind “Sohrai”: The harvest festival that keeps scattered Santal communities connected – Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Bangladesh and Nepal

By Boro Baski The Santals of northern and middle Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Bangladesh and Nepal celebrates their biggest cultural festival ‘Sohrae’ from 25th Pouṣ of Bangla Calendar. In earlier times, this festival used to be celebrated during Kalipuja in the … Continue reading

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