The Hindu, VISAKHAPATNAM, June 1, 2012A three-day exhibition on tribal heritage of the Eastern Ghats is commencing at the Visakha Museum here on Friday. Photographs, handicraft items, jewellery, etc. depicting the life of Girijans in Araku area of the district, Srikakulam and from the border with Odisha will be on display. An NGO, Samata working for protection of rights and culture of the Adivasi people in the Eastern Ghats, is organising the exhibition to explain the Girijans’ connection to nature and to their native land, their traditional knowledge and compact community living.
One of its volunteers from Germany Nina Langbehn compiled the exhibits. “Girijans’ life style is inspiring and in terms of sustainability they are not backward at all. In the course of globalisation, westernisation and industrialisation, it is not easy to keep cultures of the minority alive.
Languages and knowledge are getting lost for the sake of economic growth.
The exhibition shows these cultures and their beauty”, says a press release from Samata.
The exhibition is open to public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday after Municipal Commissioner B.V. Ramanjaneyulu and Gandhian K.S. Sastry inaugurates it at 10 a.m.
The exhibition is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Source: The Hindu : NATIONAL / ANDHRA PRADESH : Exhibition on tribal heritage
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The country has the highest number of Indigenous people in the world after Africa. As tribes uphold unique cultures, their preservation is vital at a time when a specific national cultural discourse is growing stronger.
In the light of extreme right-wing ideology dominating the nation, there is a need to explore the tribal consciousness in the backdrop of climate change, development, and deforestation.
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