“Another India”: A rare exhibition about 100 million people of indigenous or Adivasi backgrounds who are marginalised (till April 22, 2018) – University of Cambridge – United Kingdom


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‘Another India is the only India we Adivasis know. Another India is our India.’ – Ruby Hembrom Adivasi writer & publisher, 2017
Another India is a unique exhibition exploring the heritage of India’s minority Adivasi (‘original inhabitants’) or Indigenous communities through the collections of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. | Learn more >>

Source: Another India | The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
Address: http://maa.cam.ac.uk/anotherindia/
Date Visited: Mon Jul 10 2017 14:02:04 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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Hindustan Times, 9 March 2017

Hundreds of objects acquired from colonial India have been put on display at an exhibition at the University of Cambridge focusing on India’s indigenous people. […]

The exhibition, described as a groundbreaking event at the university’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, features objects brought to Britain by the anthropologist and Indian Civil Service officer, John Henry Hutton, who was deputy commissioner of Assam (then including the Naga Hills) in the early 20th century. […]

Mark Elliott, the exhibition curator, said: “This is an exhibition about the India – or the many Indias – that most people in the UK don’t know. It’s about 100 million people of indigenous or Adivasi backgrounds who are marginalised by majority populations and the state.

“We didn’t want to do a show about Bollywood, saris and curry, but instead highlight a massive body of marginalised people – numbering nearly twice the population of the UK – who to a great extent aren’t seen as having culture, heritage and history of their own.”

Among the historic objects is a coin necklace from the “Criminal Tribes” settlement in Maharashtra which was collected by Maguerite Milward in 1936. Milward went on an expedition to make portrait sculptures of indigenous and Adivasi men and women. […]

Ruby Hembrom, a writer and activist who worked closely with Elliott and MAA to plan the exhibition, said: “Another India is the only India we Adivasis know. Identity is belonging and we belong to this India. We belong to the objects of this India and belong to the feelings they trigger and emotions they evoke.”

She added, “The India that ‘others’ use is the one where we are confronting hatred, racism, sexism, exploitation, brutality, dehumanisation and stereotyping in our everyday lives. No matter how much we’ve talked of or engaged in social and political change, very little has changed for us. This is not the India our ancestors sacrificed for, or hoped for us, and this is not the one we want for our descendants.”

Another India is part of the University of Cambridge’s “India Unboxed” programme of events organised as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.

Source: Nagas, tribes focus of Cambridge exhibit on India’s marginalised | world-news | Hindustan Times
Address: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/nagas-tribes-focus-of-cambridge-exhibit-on-india-s-marginalised/story-D95O49uZ9i02ylJfNvvYKI.html
Date Visited: Mon Jul 10 2017 13:40:50 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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