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“Traditional huts which use boulders and wooden logs are becoming rare in Yelagiri as many villagers now prefer concrete structures. But these tribal huts are much stronger.” – Serena Josephine in “Tribal architecture and culture, passed on through generations” (The Hindu, 30 January 2013)
https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/tribal-architecture-and-culture-passed-on-through-generations/article4359679.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=13005

“Tribal communities have a much deeper and a live sense of nature, living organisms, climate and material” – Veteran architect Narendra Dengle on architecture as an art: “Poetry in architecture” (The Hindu, 29 July 2007)
https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sundaymagazine/poetry-in-architecture/article2275459.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=18902

“The disappearance of mud-house from Santal life not only ends the mud-house alone but also their religious and cultural life that are connected to it. And also the centuries-old traditional knowledge and art of building low-cost-no-cost mud-houses and the related skills and crafts, like wall paintings die out. The sources of small income of rearing domestic animals in open courtyard of the mud-house like hen, duck, goat and the pigeons in the earthen pots under the thatch roof also gets destroyed, because it is difficult to rear such animals in single-room house of tin roof.” –  Boro Baski in “Is ‘brick house’ the only sign of development?” (translated from an article in Bengali Anandabazar Patrika, 21 July 2019)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=29829

“Like all traditional architecture, the Naga way of building has evolved over centuries through trial and error. Out of necessity, it engages with the local environment directly. Local forest and earth provide a large part of building materials. And houses are shaped to offer resistance to the cold and rain. The lightweight architecture that results fits well in the earthquake-prone north-eastern region. […] The bamboo and thatch can be framed and braced well to resist earthquakes and reduce damage.” –  Himanshu Burte in “Naturally Naga” (Livemint, 1 Feb 2009)
https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/qw1XDX8Q6eDTKNNQPnsRIM/Naturally-Naga.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=18902

“So there was the village blacksmith, the tailor, the cattle-rearer, the hunter-gatherer, the farmer, the fisherman, and even an expert who had the perfect antidote for treating poison bites […] none of the implements that were being used here were ‘bought’. They were all made by them. And necessity being the mother of invention, you could see innovation at its best. – Gangadharan Menon in “You’ve Seen Warli Paintings” (The Better India, 10 April 2014)
https://www.thebetterindia.com/9921/walvanda-tribal-art-music-culture-travel-maharashtra/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=18779

Chenchu music: “Kinnera” stringed music instrument – Telangana

It was quite a homecoming for ‘Kinnera’ (aka ‘Kinneri’), a stringed music instrument, when it arrived into the Chenchu tribal heartland amid the forests of Mahabubnagar district of Telangana, after decades of wandering. | To read the full article, click here … Continue reading

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Resources for the classroom: Learning from and about India’s tribal communities, their culture and knowledge systems

Formats and online tools Audio resources – external Books on tribal culture and related resources eBook download sites Take a guided tour of this website PDF printfriendly Photos and slideshows Safe Search website: Free online tools for use by teachers and pupils … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Ancient rock art and modern graffiti: Continuity of tribal tradition since 1500 B.C. – Tamil Nadu

India has about 5,000 rock art sites, next only to Australia and South Africa, where prehistoric people have recorded life as they saw it, in paintings, engravings and carvings. Finding and decoding this artistic “perception of reality” is a challenge … Continue reading

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“We are nothing without the forest, and the forest is nothing without us”: Kattunayakans in the Nilgiris, one of the last few remaining honey gathering communities of the world – Tamil Nadu

Living in the Nilgiris, the Kattunayakans are one of the last few remaining honey gathering communities of the world. Over many generations they have mastered the skills required to tap honey and they take great pride in their knowledge and … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Kuruma community of Wayanad: A living heritage – Kerala

Photos courtesy © 2014 Arun VC

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