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Lord Ganesha done in a Gond Painting style, it's an art form made popular by Gond Tribe of Central India.
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"Let's Make A Difference"
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Birsa Munda was born in the year 1874. Though he lived a very short span of 25 years, he aroused the tribal mind-set and mobilized them in a little town of Chhotnagpur plateau and was a terror for the British Rulers. True to his greatness and achievements to free the tribals, he was called 'Dharti Abba'.

He had fulfilled his mission by compelling the Britishers for the promulgation of the Chhotnagpur Tenancy Act, 1908. This legislation being an offshoot of his struggle prohibited alienation of tribal land and also provision for restoration of the alienated land. He invoked the tribals to take pride of their ancestor's patriotism and to maintain their cultural ethos. Birsa's devotion to his people was such that he was almost revered as God by his followers. By the time he was in his early 20s years, his activities in the tribal areas of Jharkhand had already begun to worry the British establishment to a considerable extent.

British finally arrested him on 3 February 1900 when he was only 25 years old, then he was sent to jail. He died soon afterwards under mysterious circumstances on 9 June 1900 in Ranchi Jail. It was a big jolt to tribals' freedom movement in Jharkhand.

We pay tribute to Dharti Abba Birsa Munda, as his sacrifice continue to inspire all of us.

(Text Courtesy: Satyanarayan Mohapatra)
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2014-06-10
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Warli tribe of Thane and Nasik areas of Maharashtra lends its name to, now world-renowned Warli Paintings. It is believed that Warli Painting traces its history way back in the Neolithic period of 2500 B.C. and 3000 B.C. The USP of Warli Painting lies in simplicity. It’s a basic art form compared to other colourful tribal art-forms of India. #tribalart
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On #WorldEnvironmentDay (June 05), we focus on the brilliant idea of Tribals' Sacred Grove, as it protects and preserves environment.

The sacred groves, in India, are known by different names at different places, such as the sacred groves are popularly known as 'Jaher' in tribal region of Jharkhand and Orissa, ‘Devray’ in Maharastra, ‘Devarkand’ and ‘Siddarvanam’ in Karnataka, ‘Oraans’, ‘Kenkari’, ‘Malvan’ and ‘Yogmaya’ in Rajasthan and ‘Saranya’ in Bihar.

Given the importance of sacred groves in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem, there is a need to take care of such sites, and attempts should be made to maintain the sanctity of these sacred groves. People must be made aware of such traditional conservation practices and they should bear its sanctity and values in mind while looking into commercial interests.

It is important to develop management approaches in order to encourage the conservation of sacred groves. It is a need of hour to recognize the values of traditional institutions of sacred groves.

(Text by Chandra Prakash Kala & Pic by Tribal Worship blog)
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05 June #WorldEnvironmentDay 

For tribals residing around Boma hill in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district in Bastar, it's sin to climb or step up on this hill and doing so costs the offender Rs 500.

In a unique style to conserve environment and pay respect to religious sentiments, locals believe that this breast-shaped hill was the chest of the goddess they have been worshipping since years, hence it wasn't supposed to be climbed or stepped upon.

Located about 25 kilometers from Dantewada near Nelguda village, the virgin hill stands high on banks of Indravati river. "It serves two purposes, one the religious sentiments remain intact and secondly the forest, medicinal plants, woods and wildlife remain safe and conserved. Absolutely untouched," Parmanand Pujari of Chote Tumnar temple told TOI.

Boma in Gondi dialect means breast, he explained the significance of name of the hill and said that the amount of Rs 500 collected from offenders is later utilized during annual 'mahotsav' of goddess Mahagauri.

(News Text & Pic courtesy: Times of India & TV18) 
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2014-06-04
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Khasi Tribe in North-east India grow Living Bridges.

The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya, long ago noticed this tree and saw in its powerful roots an opportunity to easily cross the area's many rivers. Now, whenever and wherever the need arises, they simply grow their bridges. Some of the bridges are nearly 500 years old.

In order to make a rubber tree's roots grow in the right direction--say, over a river--the Khasis use betel nut trunks, sliced down the middle and hollowed out, to create root-guidance systems. The thin, tender roots of the rubber tree, prevented from fanning out by the betel nut trunks, grow straight out. When they reach the other side of the river, they're allowed to take root in the soil. Given enough time, a sturdy, living bridge is produced.

(Text Source: Atlas Obscura, Pic. Source: Wikimedia)
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It is a disturbing fact about almost all the Tribal Community(s), they fight a losing battle to keep their traditions and culture alive in the face of modernity. Do check out the amazing images, they document the tattoo-adorned faces of Konyak Tribe of Nagaland India, whose fierce tribal existence will soon disappear forever. Sadly. Can we keep rich tribal culture alive, off-course discarding those elements which have become obsolete?
Jean-Christian Cottu Nagaland
Jean-Christian Cottu Nagaland
loeildelaphotographie.com
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Happy Sarhul Puja to everyone !! 
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