Category Archives: Organizations

Call Shakti Vahini or the national helpline Childline to report human trafficking of tribal girls and women:
Shakti Vahini on +91-11-42244224, +91-9582909025 or the national helpline Childline on 1098.
Learn more: https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=21889

“Rural communities certainly need education, but their life is interwoven with many social and cultural issues that must all be taken into account. UNESCO is right to argue that an integrated approach with a holistic view is appropriate.” – Santal educationist Boro Baski in “India’s rural primary schools still have room for improvement” (Development + Cooperation, 22 May 2016)
https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/indias-rural-primary-schools-still-have-room-improvement
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=20429

“The Adivasi Academy is founded by Bhasha at Tejgadh in Chhotaudepur district of Gujarat as an institute to combine the functions of the national academies, museums and literary bodies in the country, with respect to Adivasi culture, arts and literature. Over the years, the Adivasi communities with whom Bhasha has been actively involved, have voiced themselves through various spaces and mediums as arts, theatre, publishing, journalism and cultural activism.” – Bhasha Research Archival Website
https://www.bhashaarchival.org/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23324

“New texts will arise from the tribes; narratives of our survival through millennia, ancestral songs of identity and resistance, the richness of our lifeways; of ploughing through collective memory for this collective resurgence against the (inherited and internal) colonialism of the present. Its time has come. Our time has come.” – Ruby Hembrom (founder-director of Adivaani—a publisher of Adivasi writing), quoted by 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=6911

“Since independence, multiple government policies and programmes sought to develop tribal communities by focusing on their livelihood, education and health. Despite six decades of special treatment, even today, tribal peoples continue to be the most undernourished segment of the Indian society. […] In January 2015, UNICEF collaborated with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs held a national conclave on ‘Nourishing Indiaʼs Tribal Childrenʼ.” – Unicef India “What we do: Tribal nutrition” (accessed 26 July 2022)
https://www.unicef.org/india/what-we-do/tribal-nutrition
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=11674

“Our aim is for all the adivasi institutions to be owned, governed and managed by the adivasis through their own representatives. The day-to-day administration of these institutions is already in the hands of trained adivasis. The leadership governing these institutions are adivasi village leaders and youth.” – Action for Community Organisation, Rehabilitation and Development (ACCORD)
https://www.accordweb.in
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=1992

“In every country around the world, people are working for little or no pay, controlled by threats, debt, and violence. We call it by many names, but it amounts to the same thing: modern slavery. Slavery is illegal everywhere, but it continues to thrive because so many of us. […] By joining Freedom United, you become part of the solution.” – Freedom United
https://www.freedomunited.org/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=21951

“The significance of human rights, more so their realization, remind us of the necessity to place the human being at the centre of our overall development had stated that all human rights for all people in all countries should be the goal of the 21st century whereby everybody lives a life of dignity and enjoys freedom from fear and want, without discrimination. […] The Workshop took stock of the implementation of its recommendations made [in 2009] with the objective of strengthening the mechanism of protecting human rights defenders and valuing their work towards good governance [including a demand that] India must ratify the International Convention against Torture and bring in a domestic legislation against Torture on priority in accordance with the International Convention.” – National Human Right Commission, “Annual Report – 2014-2015” (National Workshop on Human Rights Defenders in New Delhi, 19 February 2015), pp. 8 & 229
https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/NHRC_AR_EN_2014-2015_27022019.pdf
www.nhrc.nic.in
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25720

“PARI [People’s Archive of Rural India] is not only archiving invaluable materials about rural India, but also developing a cadre of knowledgeable reporters who can report from rural India about its realities. This digital archive has already received some significant awards for its work, including the Praful Bidwai Memorial Award (June, 2016). PARI seeks to “continue its efforts to push the borders of digital multimedia and take journalism, arts, crafts, and literature out of the hands of corporations and hand it back to people.” It will strengthen its efforts to have subalterns speak for themselves; for instance, adivasi women shoot their own videos that are posted on the site. […] It has just launched “Cover Your Country”, and is determined to report stories from all of India’s 95 regions; the mainstream media today covers just seven or eight of these regions.” – Jael Silliman in “Voices from the countryside” (The Telegraph, 12 November 2016)
https://www.telegraphindia.com/1161112/jsp/opinion/story_118705.jsp#.WEK2-JIkLUN
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21398

“[P]eople, particularly indigenous or tribal groups that number in millions live inside or at the periphery of protected areas, and rely on biodiversity for sustaining their livelihoods [while] centralised management of biodiversity has created conflicts between people and managers of protected areas. These conflicts have endangered rather than enhanced conservation. […] Overall, India is blessed with unique and an enormous amount of biodiversity that sustains many of our economic endeavours, and provides aesthetic, cultural and spiritual values. This biodiversity is declining, and this decline is threatening our survival. […] Meeting this responsibility will entail a fundamental shift in the ways we describe, assess changes, and conserve biodiversity.” – Kamaljit S. Bawa (President of the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) in “Survey of the Environment (2010 published by The Hindu”)
https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article547960.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5026

“Visva Bharati was established […] as part of a unique experiment to have classes not indoors but outside in nature. […] About religion, [Tagore] wrote, ‘Those who in the name of faith embrace illusion, kill and are killed.’” – Atanu Mitra in “Why the decision to cancel historic fairs at Tagore’s university sparked violence and vandalism” (Scroll.in 17 August 2020)
https://scroll.in/article/970959/why-the-decision-to-cancel-historic-fairs-at-tagores-university-sparked-violence-and-vandalism
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=35639

“Tribal and indigenous peoples’ education must be under their control; it must be rooted in the people’s own land, language and culture; and instil pride in themselves and their people. Help us put indigenous education back under indigenous control.” – Video post by Survival International on Factory Schools where being indigenous is seen as “wrong”
https://www.survivalinternational.org/factoryschools
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34514

“Video Volunteers (VV) is working to create an alternative media landscape in which thousands of people around the world, living in slums and villages, are producing high quality video content that brings awareness to communities and empowers them to take action. We create models of sustainable, locally owned media, and devise training programs that give communities the journalism, critical thinking and creative skills to run them.” – About VideoVolunteers
https://www.youtube.com/c/videovolunteers/about
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6129

“[T]he Tharu community, a Scheduled Tribe that lives in the largest numbers in Udham Singh Nagar, a fertile district on the outer foothills of the Himalayas [counted] among Uttarakhand’s earliest settlers and among its most disadvantaged. [Since its inception in 2007] Bhoomi Adhikar Manch (BAM), a network of village-level organisations [has been] working on tribal rights in around 40 villages of Uttarakhand.” – Puja Awasthi (People’s Archive of Rural India, 4 October 2018)
https://ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/this-land-is-mine-i-will-get-it-back/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4156

“The General Assembly […] Recognizing the value and diversity of the cultures and the forms of social organization of the world’s indigenous people […] Mindful of the relevant recommendations of the World Conference on Human Rights, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and the International Conference on Population and Development, in particular chapter 26 of Agenda 21 2/ on recognizing and strengthening the role of indigenous people and their communities […] Determined to promote the enjoyment of the rights of indigenous people and the full development of their distinct cultures and communities […] Decides that the Decade will have an operational focus to implement its goals and that its theme will be “Indigenous people: partnership in action” –Resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations during its 94th plenary meeting on 23 December 1994
https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/49/214
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=20487

India’s tribal cultural heritage – Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state of the country but has a small tribal population [namely] five major Scheduled Tribes and about 18 other tribal groups. Source: “An analytical study of socio-economic conditions of tribal farmers in Bijnor district … Continue reading

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Video | Marriage customs of the Santals: A large mural created by village artists to express their cultural identity – West Bengal

Marriage Reception A Santal marriage takes five days and involves various, often complex, rituals. On the day of the Gidi-chumara (Marriage Reception) the women arrive to bless the bride and groom with grass and grains of rice which are kept … Continue reading

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Marlavai Training Centre – model for present day education of tribal people – Andhra Pradesh

Marlavai village in Jainoor mandal of Adilabad district was not this sleepy when Austrian anthropologist Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf was at work during the decade of 1940. He had launched his pioneering experiment in education of tribal people at this village. … Continue reading

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Sharing valuable rice varieties with farmers: Biodiversity for the sake of “vital nutrients and the ability to withstand flood, drought, salinity or pest infestations” – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha Maharashtra & West Bengal

IN BRIEF India originally possessed some 110,000 landraces of rice with diverse and valuable properties. These include enrichment in vital nutrients and the ability to withstand flood, drought, salinity or pest infestations. The Green Revolution covered fields with a few … Continue reading

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Tip | Which are India’s endangered languages? (interactive map)

India’s endangered languages “Kolami, Koya, Gondi, Kuvi, Kui, Yerukala, Savara, Parji, Kupia. Do these names ring a bell? No, right? They are all native tribal tongues that have immensely contributed to enrich the language and culture of Telugu people. But … Continue reading

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