Tips | Celebrating tribal identity: Culture-specific stories – Diversity in children’s books from India

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[…] It took some time for [Nagaland-based artist Canato Jimo] to realise that diversity didn’t necessarily mean something that is steeped in cultural symbolism. “I started out by doing the obvious thing — looking at culture-specific stories like folk tales and festivals that were celebrated in Nagaland,” he says. But as he followed online movements advocating for diversity in children’s books, both in India and the West, he understood that “because I was used to reading certain kinds of books about the region I grew up in, my natural instinct was to think in the same direction. Sometimes, without realising it, we tend to stereotype ourselves”.

Source: Children’s books: Northeast in the everyday
Date visited: 19 February 2019

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Tip: discover publications released by Indian publishers and institutions by typing “tribal children stories” in combination with the name of a tribal community (e.g. “Gond”, “Santal”, “Warli”), an Indian State or Union Territory (e.g. “Andaman”, “Tripura”, “Telangana”), a region (e.g. “Bastar”, “Northeast India”, “Nilgiri”), name of artist, author or publisher, and preferred language (“Tamil”, “Hindi”, “bilingual”).

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