Category Archives: Success story

“These women are doing it every day, and how!” – Jovita Aranha on the Halpati community of Gujarat whose entrepreneurial journey ended exploitation without financial help from anybody; in “Of Spice & Spirit” (The Better India, 3 July 2018)
https://www.thebetterindia.com/148422/spice-saumya-omer-gujarat-tribe/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25808

“Birsa’s life was driven by poverty, but he still set a powerful example for the youth to emulate by giving more to society than what is taken.” – Ramya in “Remembering Birsa Munda: A Tribal Folk Hero And Freedom Fighter” (Outlook, 14 November 2020)
https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/opinion-remembering-birsa-munda-a-tribal-folk-hero-and-freedom-fighter/364269
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=14270

“Rural India’s diversity is well known. Yet the fact that more than 833 million people live in India’s villages, speak over 780 languages, and use 86 different scripts should make us pause to consider the cultural vastness of an India we urbanites know so little about. […]
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 [and] 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.” – Jael Silliman in “Voices from the countryside”, Telegraph Calcutta, 12 November 2016
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21398

“The relative backwardness of scheduled tribes may not disappear through the overall development of a state and that may require special efforts. […] However, the life of Scheduled Tribes in certain parts of India is relatively better.” – V. Santhakumar, Azim Premji University in: “It is possible to have a better life for Scheduled Tribes in India!” (Economics in Action, 4 May 2018)
https://vsanthakumar.wordpress.com
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=24803

“[Dr. Boro] Baski, who holds a doctorate in education and a master’s in social work from Viswa Bharati University, says he is happy being an educator. He has become a strong voice of the community not just in India but elsewhere, writing articles and books, and representing his community at conferences.” – Rosemary Marandi in “The Indian school where Indigenous children are never outsiders” (Aljazeera.com Education, 10 February 2020)
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indian-school-indigenous-children-outsiders-200128131128144.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34790

A community whose drumming is associated with Chola, Chera and the Pandya kings – Tamil Nadu

The Hindu, Friday Review, November 03, 2016 | To read the full article and view a larger image, click here >> Thudumbu and Thudumbattam are played at temple festivals in and around Coimbatore. We went to Coimbatore for a concert but decided to stay back … Continue reading

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“I feel that you are a part of me and I will never forget you”: Tribal elder in a travel account by historian Runoko Rashidi – Looking at India through African Eyes

As I am now in the process of completing the finishing touches on a French language collection of my essays on the African presence in Asia I find myself reviewing and evaluating the body of work that I have been … Continue reading

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The world’s largest and strongest spiderweb: Long used by tribal people and “set to become a major product” – Western Ghats

Golden Orb Web Spider, Nephila maculata, Giant Wood Spider World distribution: Tropical areas from Africa, India, China, Japan across Southeast Asia to Northern Australia and the South Pacific islands. Webs of steel: The Golden Orb Web Spider is not the … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Bihar

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Video | Celebrating local knowledge in the face of ecological destruction

The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is spearheading an interactive Museum Movement in India, to celebrate the ‘simultaneous validity’ of various valuable cultural patterns evolved over thousands of years. The Organization is working for national integration, and promotes research and … Continue reading

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