Did you know?

  • The first tribal conclave, by an Indian corporate house, Samvaad commemorates the birth anniversary of tribal freedom fighter, Birsa Munda and the Statehood Day of Jharkhand.

  • Samvaad was organised for the first time in 2014 at Jamshedpur and was attended by 1500+ tribals from across India.

  • From ‘Amchi’ of Ladakh to ‘Hodopathy’ of Jharkhand and Odisha, tribal medicinal systems are as old as the soil itself.

  • The Asuras of Gumla district in Jharkhand are only about 10,500 in number. Predominantly engaged in crude iron manufacture, their products remain perpetually rust-free!

  • Six predominant pre-agricultural tribal communities abound in Andhra Pradesh of which the Chenchus, who live in the Nallamala forest, earn their livelihood by selling forest products.

  • Chhattisgarh has 30 tribal communities and 5 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) – Birhor, Paharkowa, Baiga, Kamar and Abujmaria.

  • The Abujmaria tribe from Chhattisgarh derives its name from ‘abujh’ meaning ‘unknown’ and ‘mar’ meaning ‘mountains’. So these are the people of the unknown mountains.

  • A need-based and not greed-based economy is the tribal mantra of subsistence.

  • Ladakh is a malaria and tetanus-free zone, while Odisha and the North-East states have solutions for malaria, typhoid and whooping cough.

  • Santhali, along with Bodo are the two tribal languages recognised by the Constitution of India.

  • With 81 lakh tribal people; 62 tribal groups and 13 primitive tribes; 23.12% of Odisha’s total population are tribals.

  • Odisha formerly had 40 tribal languages, however, currently; there are only 20 languages that have survived the ravages of time.