Category Archives: Homes and utensils

“[D]eforestation and landscape change [have] negatively impacted communities [and] resulted in non-availability or decrease in availability of forest produce. This has manifested in the lack of trees for building houses. […] They now need to travel greater distances to access bamboo and other forest produce.” – Vikram Aditya in “Displaced from the hills: Livelihoods of tribal communities in Eastern Ghats under threat” (Down to Earth, 24 February 2021)
https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/forests/displaced-from-the-hills-livelihoods-of-tribal-communities-in-eastern-ghats-under-threat-75657
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=29829

“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

Video | Cultural traditions of the Halakki people – Karnataka

Watch a series of short videos by Venkatesh Lakshmanan: Jana Padhe Geethe – Halakki drumming A wooden watering utensil Processing grain Grain storage A traditional measuring cup Making halli (seedi) drawings Making rice cakes Suggi Habba celebration Dance during the … Continue reading

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Is “brick house” the only sign of development? – West Bengal

Dr. Boro Baski; translated from Bengali to English by Asha BaskiOriginally published in Anandabazar Patrika (India’s most widely read Bengali daily) I was born in a Santal village in Birbhun District. In my childhood I saw how my mother cleaned … Continue reading

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Eco-spirituality in the face of climate change: Learning from the Kaani tribe of Kanyakumari District – Tamil Nadu

ECO-SPIRITUALITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE WITH REFERENCE TO THE KAANI TRIBE OF KANYAKUMARI FORESTS S Davidson Sargunam, Tribal Foundation, 23, Cave Street, NagercoilS Suja, Associate Professor, Women’s Christian College, College Road, Chennai ABSTRACT The Kaani tribal people live in 48 Tribal … Continue reading

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“Our country holds promise for everyone”: Deb Haaland, an Indigenous woman from humble beginnings, confirmed as Secretary of the Interior – USA

I carry my life experiences with me everywhere I go. It’s those experiences that give me hope for the future. If an Indigenous woman from humble beginnings can be confirmed as Secretary of the Interior, our country holds promise for … Continue reading

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eBook | Toda cultural history (Nilgiri) – Tamil Nadu

Until now, historians and anthropologists believed that Todas, a tribal group in the higher altitudes of the Nilgiris, reached there about 2,000 years ago. A new study by Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru researchers shows the community was already settled … Continue reading

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