Books on tribal culture and related resources

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Irish Journal of Anthropology: Special issue on Adivasi identity

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Tribal Arts in India: The National Inventory of Tribal Museums. Foreword by GN Devy (Project Director, Bhasha Research and Publication Center). Vadodara: Purva Prakash Publications, 2012. ISBN 9788192240558. Rs. 1400. More information >>

Adivasis legal provisions, languages, locations : a reference document for the status of adivasis and denotified & nomadic jatis in India. Vadodara : Adivasi Academy and Bhasha Research & Publications Centre, 2004. Rs. 250. More information >>

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Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia Exhibition Catalogue: 136pp; Full Colour; ISBN 978-0-947595-24-1 | Learn more (UK) | Order in India from >>

Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia
“Over one hundred artefacts, paintings and photographs from the collections of MAA, many of which have never been exhibited before […] complemented by artworks by contemporary artists from the communities represented, commissioned with support from the Art Fund.
Written by Mark Elliott, Senior Curator (Anthropology), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge; Foreword by Nicholas Thomas; Afterword
by Ruby Hembrom >>

Vadodara : Adivasi Academy and Bhasha Research & Publications Centre, 2004. Rs. 250. More information >>

The Santal and the Biblical Creation Traditions:
Anthropological & Theological Reflections by Timotheas Hembrom (Adivaani)

“The reason we want to publish in English because we want other people to read us and know about us. Even though Adivasi writing has been published in indigenous languages, the reach is very limited.” – Ruby Hembrom on the need for establishing a publishing house for Indian indigenous literature | Learn more >>

“Aparna Vaidik’s [book] My Son’s Inheritance goes deeper into Indian history and culture, and shows that instead of being a recent phenomenon, violence, physical and psychic, has been endemic to the Indian socio-polity since ages. […] Vaidik locates this violence in communal enmities between the Hindus and the minorities, particularly Muslims, which often validates itself as retributive justice. Deep psychic violence also operated, the author reminds us, among Hindus themselves. Many Indian Muslims and Christians, we are asked to remember, were Hindus of the lower castes, or ‘non-Aryan’ tribals, who converted out of Hinduism because of the torture of untouchability and ostracisation.” – Book review by Suparna Banerjee >>

Books on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Pankaj Sekhsaria:
1) Islands in Flux – the Andaman and Nicobar Story (2017)
2) The Last Wave – An Island Novel (2014)
3) The Jarawa Tribal Reserve Dossier (2010)
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A 10-book series in Odia and the languages used by four tribal communities in Odisha (Kui, Saura, Munda and Juanga), in the Odia script. “They are the first-ever books for the reading pleasure of children in these languages”. More information >>


Cadence and Counterpoint, Documenting Santal Musical Traditions by Johannes Beltz, Ruchira Ghose and Maria-Eve Celio-Scheurer (eds.). Niyogi Books. ISBN 978-93-83098-92-7. Rs. 1595. More information >>


Santal Music: A Study in Pattern and Process of Cultural Persistence
by Onkar Prasad. Tribal Studies of India Series T115. New Delhi: Inter-India Publications. More information >>

Musical Instruments of Tribal India by Dilip Bhattacharya. New Delhi: Manas Publications 1999. ISBN 8170490928. Rs. 2995. >>

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A Nomad Called Thief: Reflections on Adivasi Silence and Voice by GN Devy
Orient Blackswan, 2006, 199 pages, ₹ 495.00 ISBN 978-81-250-3021-8

Voices from the Periphery: Subalternity and Empowerment in India by Marine Carrin and Lidia Guzy (eds.). New Delhi: Routledge India, 2012. Rs. More information >>

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Performing Identities: Celebrating Indigeneity in the Arts 
by Geoffrey V. Davis, G. N. Devy, K. K. Chakravarty. Routledge India, 2014. ISBN 9781138795990. More information >>

Writings from North-East India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011 and related titles >>

Celebrating Life: The Santal Experiment in Freedom. Ten Years of a Non-Formal Santal School (1996-2006) by Boro Baski and Kumkum Bhattacharya (eds.).  Sattore: Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust, 2007. Rs. 100. More information >>


Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability. Graphic novel on Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar with art by award winning Gond artists Durgabai Vyam and Subhas Vyam; story by Srividya Natarajan and S. Anand. Navayana Publishing, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-8189059170. “A must-read for every child and adult in the nation and a must-include in every school’s curriculum.” More information >>

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