Category Archives: Names and communities

Posts in this Category (“Names and communities”) carry one or several Tags, each referring to a particular “tribal” community of India.

Two novels on West Ghat tribal cultural heritage: Changing perceptions of land and its ownership – Kerala & Tamil Nadu

Two novels that capture local history in English translationEach novel is written from a different angle, yet both chronicle the lives of people attached to their land and customs while facing the pressures imposed by mainstream society: one by male Malayalam writer ‘Narayan’ who … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi / Adibasi, Assimilation, Childhood and children, Colonial policies, Constitution and Supreme Court, Customs, Economy and development, Education and literacy, History, Literature - fiction, Modernity, Names and communities, Nature and wildlife, Nilgiri, Quotes, Rural poverty, Seasons and festivals, Social conventions, Southern region – Southern Zonal Council, Storytelling, Tips, Western Ghats - tribal heritage & ecology, Women, Worship and rituals | Tagged , | Comments Off on Two novels on West Ghat tribal cultural heritage: Changing perceptions of land and its ownership – Kerala & Tamil Nadu

Reviving tattoos: An integral way of life for ages – Manipur

Tattooing the face, maybe a style fad today, but for certain tribal and indigenous people in the far North East of the country, such tattoos have been a integral way of life for ages. And now, a 27-year-old Naga youth … Continue reading

Posted in Crafts and visual arts, Customs, Fashion and design, Globalization, Modernity, Names and communities, Photos and slideshows, Press snippets, Revival of traditions, Seasons and festivals, Seven Sister States & Sikkim – North Eastern Council, Tribal culture worldwide, Tribal identity | Tagged | Comments Off on Reviving tattoos: An integral way of life for ages – Manipur

Ancestors, social values and clan practices: Cultural identity transmitted through the weaves of the North-East – Seven Sister States

Folklore, myths and handloom Hidden within the colour, weave and design of tribal textiles are many legends If you were to look beyond the visible landscape of a weave, you would find myriad stories hidden in the colours and designs—tales … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Community facilities, Crafts and visual arts, Cultural heritage, Customs, Dress and ornaments, Economy and development, Fashion and design, Figures, census and other statistics, Government of India, History, Misconceptions, Modernity, Names and communities, Organizations, Photos and slideshows, Press snippets, Revival of traditions, Sacred grove, Seven Sister States & Sikkim – North Eastern Council, Social conventions, Storytelling, Success story, Tribal elders, Tribal identity, Women, Worship and rituals | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Ancestors, social values and clan practices: Cultural identity transmitted through the weaves of the North-East – Seven Sister States

What Adivasis themselves have to say: Reflections on life, religion, politics, the past, the present, and the world around them – Tamil Nadu

Reams have been written about adivasis by so-called experts. Much of it is subjective interpretation, an exercise I have always been wary of indulging in. For this issue, therefore, my husband Stan and I recorded reflections of different adivasis on … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi / Adibasi, Childhood and children, Customs, Ecology and environment, Economy and development, Health and nutrition, Misconceptions, Names and communities, Nilgiri, Press snippets, Storytelling, Tribal elders | Tagged , | Comments Off on What Adivasis themselves have to say: Reflections on life, religion, politics, the past, the present, and the world around them – Tamil Nadu

Tribal culture in Jharkhand – Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre

Carved out of Bihar in 2000, many treasures of the relatively new state of Jharkhand situated in the Chota Nagpur Plateau is still less known to most people. Nature wears her best clothes in this state. Many rivers like the … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi / Adibasi, Cultural heritage, Ecology and environment, Economy and development, Government of India, History, Media portrayal, Misconceptions, Modernity, Music and dance, Names and communities, Nature and wildlife, Performing arts, Revival of traditions, Seasons and festivals, Video resources - external | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Tribal culture in Jharkhand – Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre