Category Archives: Homes and utensils

“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)
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“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” in The Hindu,  29 July 2007
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“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.” – Dr. Boro Baski in “Is ‘brick house’ the only sign of development?” (Anandabazar Patrika, 21 July 2019)
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“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.” – Dr. Himanshu Burte in “Naturally Naga” (Livemint, 1 Feb 2009)
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“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)
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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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Tip | Find press reports on India’s tribal heritage: “Journalism without Fear or Favour” – United Nations World Press Freedom Day (3 May)

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Tribal villages, artisans and modern art – Chhattisgarh

India Today, July 14, 2011 Tribal villagesIt is truly an enriching human experience to visit a tribal village. Generally these picturesque villages of mud huts painted bright blue, and paths marked by artistic wooden fences, are some way off the highway.You … Continue reading

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Factors for a better life: An analysis of rural poverty and improvements for tribal communities – Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra & Mizoram

Averting a humanitarian disaster in India calls for an explosion of NREGA work in the next few weeks | To read the full article here >> The abominable plight of migrant workers in recent weeks has invaded television screens and … Continue reading

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Infusing the Santhali Element in Schooling by Rina Mukherji

[…] “Santhal children are compelled to leave behind the culture they grew up in , whenever they go in for modern education and learning the rudiments of the three r’s. It results in their loss of confidence, and utter confusion … Continue reading

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