Category Archives: Literature – fiction

“Memory plays a significant role in unfolding and revealing the tribal literature [being] collectively owned by the community and every member has the right and authority to interpret and translate as per one’s ability and genius to the best to make it accurate and appropriate. [I]nterpreting and translating from memory that has been handed down from generation to another [is] the only way to obtain accuracy as there is no written text.” – Abstract by Athikho Kaisii (“Tribes In Transition” conference 2017)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25096

“Several indigenous authors—Easterine Kire, Jacinta Kerketta, Dolly Kikon, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Temsüla Ao, Joy Pachuau, Senganglu Thaimei, Gladson Dungdung, Veio Pou, Kham Khan Suan Hausing, Ngamjahao Kipgen, Hoineilhing Sitlhou and many more—are writing stories foregrounding their perspectives, concepts, and theories about tribes. This is a step towards undoing tribes’ invisibility in literature. Yet, discrimination against tribes continues.” – Richard Kamei in “Uncivilising the Mind: How anthropology shaped the discourse on tribes in India” (Caravan Magazine, 1 March 2021)
https://caravanmagazine.in/books/anthropologists-tribes-india
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=16601

“Tribal literature, be it songs, arts or crafts, do not have written scripts, when any literature, in order to stand the tests of time, needs to be preserved in print.” – Tribal scholar-writer from Nadurbar district of Maharashtra, Vaharoo Sonvane, in a conference paper titled “Future of tribal literature” (quoted in The Telegraph Ranchi, 29 April 2005)

“It’s high time we recognise the contributions of tribal women in Indian literature.” – Devendra Kumar Devesh of Sahitya Akademi (“Tribes In Transition” conference 2017)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22856

“The Ahoms ruled Assam for 600 years until the British took over in 1826. […] Modern history writing in Assam has also maintained a silence about these smaller kingdoms with fascinating, dramatic histories and intriguing royal families.” – Introduction to Indira Goswami’ s novel, The Bronze Sword of Thengphakhri Tehsildar (quoted in The Hindu, 2 March, 2013)
https://www.thehindu.com/books/books-authors/a-literary-bridge/article4465234.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=10674

“Narayan’s tale refuses to romanticise tribal ways of life — the pure, noble savage, Narayan shows, does not exist except as myth. He maps, of course, their intimate eco-vision, but also shows how disease ravages them due to their ignorance, alcoholism and the uneven gender relations. But he also points the finger at the economic exploitation that proves, finally, to be the bane of the community in the ‘new India’.” – Pramod K. Nayar in “Cultures in transformation”, reviewing Kocharethi by Narayan, the first tribal novelist of South India (The Hindu, 3 April 2011)
https://www.thehindu.com/books/Cultures-in-transformation/article14669586.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=1459

“Some educated tribal writers from the North Eastern states have recently managed to enter the national discourse (such as Temsula Ao who writes in English and used to teach at NEHU Shillong) but most tribals from eastern, central and southern India […] use languages that are inaccessible to the mainstream. The well-known Santal poet from Jharkhand, Nirmala Putul, started writing in Santali and remained unknown until she was translated into Hindi by Ashok Singh.” – Scholar-publicist Ivy Hansdak (The Johar Journal), email 20 October 2020
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=11376

“[T]here is a group of tribal writers, who, through their literature, are giving an answer to the questions raised on their identity. This is a phase of revolt for tribal writers, who are trying to showcase the tribes in the same light. It is only after this that the tribal writers can write about the beauty of their world.” – Jitendra Vasava (lecturer at Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh), “Symposium held on Gujarat tribal literature, culture” (Indian Express, 28 February 2010)
http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/symposium-held-on-gujarat-tribal-literature/585310
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6304

“The rights of tribal people, the lives of ordinary workers and the depiction of female desire were amongst the themes explored by the writer Mahasweta Devi. [Her] writing offers a way of using language to explore ideas about power, freedom and feminism.” – Introduction to novelist Preti Taneja’s radio programme “Books to Make Space For on the Bookshelf: Sindhubala” (BBC Arts & Ideas 17 March 2021)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p099jckg
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=20816

Tribal Memory, Folklore and Hindu Epic Narratives: Papers presented for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – New Delhi

PLENARY SESSION Chaired by: Prof. M. Asaduddin, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Languages, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi Paper Presenters: Dr. Athikho Kaisii (JMI, Delhi), Dr. Pravin Kumar (IGNTU, Amarkantak), Dr Ananya Barua (Hindu College, Delhi). Dr. Saroj Kumar Mahananda (JMI, Delhi) and Norkey … Continue reading

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Oral Literature and Memory: A Study of Tribal Folklore: Papers presented for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – New Delhi

Abstract 5: Oral Literature and Memory: A Study of Tribal Folklore Paper presented for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – New Delhi ATHIKO KAISII Centre for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi KEYWORDS: … Continue reading

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Poetry on the beauty of nature and its close association with mankind: “Tribal literature is as rich as any other literature in the world”

Mizo writer Darchhawna, who was awarded the Padmashree recently, praised tribal literature at a conference here today. He spoke on the concluding day of the Tribal Literary Conference and said tribal literature is as rich as any other literature in … Continue reading

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“Kocharethi calls upon us to ethically engage with it, to question our complicity” – First novel by an Adivasi in Kerala

To read the full book review by Pramod K. Nayar, click here >> Narayan, Kerala’s first tribal novelist, avoids romanticising his milieu. Kocharethi is about the hidden poetry of marginal lives… The temptation to exoticise cultures that have not been … Continue reading

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Adivasi Academy & Museum of Adivasi Voice at Tejgadh – Gujarat

The Adivasi Academy & Museum of Adivasi VoiceMandaarAt and Post. TejgadhTaluka: Chhota UdepurVadodara 391 156India Discussing Gujarati novels on tribal culture, Jitendra Vasava, a lecturer at Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh said, “The adivasi has always been described as a figure of pity by … Continue reading

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