Video | The Birhor tribe: A hunting and food gathering tribe of central India – Bihar

The video contains a documentation of Birhor Tribe of Bihar. The Birhor Community, hunting and food gathering tribe of Bihar, Central India. Living in leaf huts called kumbhas, the Birhor maintain their close links with nature and still rely on hunting and food gathering as a mode of subsistence. The film gives glimpses of community members on their expeditions to obtain honey; hunting small animals; and identifying and gathering edible fruits, stems, leaves, roots and medicinal herbs. The futility of the imposition of modern ideas of civilisation on indigenous peoples is also brought home by including the derelict situation of some Birhors who have been provided cement houses by government schemes.


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Source: Birhor Tribe of Bihar (Vol. I) by Cinema Vision India, Mumbai
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The Birhor is one of the primitive Tribal Groups of the State of Jharkhand. They are found in the districts of Hazaribagh, Ranchi, Lohardaga, Palamu, Garhwa, Dhanbad, Singhbhum and Giridih and Gumla in present Jharkhand State. They belong to proto australoid racial stock. Linguistically, they belong to Austro-Asiatic (Mundari) group. The Birhor clain that they have descended from the sum and believe that the kharwar are their brothers who also trace their descent from the Sun.

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