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Explore India’s tribal cultural heritage with the help of another interactive map >>

Depending on a museum’s own history, India’s tribal culture may be represented either by a specialized museum collection; or as part of departments such as anthropology or folk culture, arts and crafts.

To familiarize yourself with tribal culture in any part of India,

  • click on any of the pins seen on the map
  • zoom in and out on the map by clicking on the + / – control buttons
  • for more options, click the square menu button on the left top of the map
  • the map’s menu allows you to display or hide information by checking or unchecking any “layer”
  • to hide the map’s menu, click the small triangle seen on its lower edge
  • type “tribal museum”, “tribal art gallery”, “Adivasi museum”, “Santal museum”, or similar combinations of keywords, the name of a tribal community or a place name here >>

Note

On this website updates are readily found under two major categories:

India has far more museums and galleries with “tribal collections” than can be listed here. Smaller collections are rarely advertised in tourist brochures or on the internet yet accessible by appointment (e.g. anthropology departments and research institutions).

Find a Tribal Research Institute (TRI) in India >>
(up-to-date list on the TRI Portal of the  Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India)

Collections and documentations of musical instruments are also found in the premises of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (New Delhi), exhibitions at some of the Zonal Cultural Centres (Government of India), and in educational institutions across India (universities, colleges and music schools).

For current debates on the way tribal customs have been (mis)represented in and outside India, search the online editions of leading Indian newspapers, magazines and news portals.

As this map is constantly being updated, we welcome your suggestions on spreading the news on new or existing collections worth visiting.

Book recommendation

Tribal Arts in India: The National Inventory of Tribal Museums

“This Inventory, if not an exhaustive listing of the rich diversity of the materials, is nonetheless a definite invitation for researchers and institutions engaged in conservation of tribal culture for a future exploration.” 

Available from Bhasha Research and Publication Centre www.bhasharesearch.org.in >>

For up-to-date information on any of the above places, persons or issues, use the search window seen here

Up-to-date reports by Indian journalists and commentators

For a list of websites included in a single search, click here. To search Indian periodicals, magazines, web portals and other sources safely, click here. To find an Indian PhD thesis on a particular tribal community, region and related issues, click here >>

Search tips

Combine the name of any particular state, language or region with that of any tribal (Adivasi) community.

Add keywords of special interest (health, nutrition endangered language, illegal mining, sacred grove); learn about the rights of Scheduled Tribes such as the Forest Rights Act (FRA); and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, women’s rights, and children’s right to education.

Specify any other issue or news item you want to learn more about (biodiversity, bonded labour and human trafficking, climate change, ecology, economic development, ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, global warming, Himalayan tribe, hunter-gatherers in a particular region or state, prevention of rural poverty, water access).

Try the following in case Google Custom Search window or media contents are invisible on this page: (1) switch from “Reader” to regular viewing; (2) in browser’s Security settings select “Enable JavaScript”; (3) check Google support for browsers and devices | More >>

Photo and video recommendation: a voice from rural India worth being heard

Whether you plan a visit or seek to learn more about India’s rural life – perhaps inspired by the Gandhian social movement or Rabindranath Tagore – explore “a living journal, a breathing archive” in the Adivasi category of PARI: the People’s Archive of Rural India initiated by distinguished photo journalist-turned-activist P. Sainath, continually enriched by stories from all over India.

“In less than 200 years, photography has gone from an expensive, complex process to an ordinary part of everyday life. From selfies to satellites, most of the technology we use and spaces we inhabit rely on cameras. […] While photographic documentation can aid in shaping history, it can also be a window into the horrors of the past.” – Read more or listen to Butterfly Effect 9 – The Camera on CBC Radio Spark 26 May 2023 >>

See also

More about the publication
Tribal Arts in India >>