Gond Gondi Gondwana Maria Gond Bandria Katria Tattoo Consanguneal Kin Groups
Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI), Bhubaneswar, 751003
Unity in cultural diversity among the tribal communities of Odisha has been a distinct feature. Almost all Scheduled Tribes of the state have been housed mostly in hill and forest tracts. Of the 62 scheduled tribes, the Gonds are a significant community. Their cultural life is enriched with traditions, values, performing arts, rites and rituals. The unique and vibrant culture of the Gond community is in transition. It is fast transforming due to the impact of modernization. With the influence of neighboring areas there is perceptible change in their culture of consumption. Across generations a steady trend of decline in cultural practices has been observed especially among the Gond youths. The pace of cultural assimilation under the influence of modern society is likely to give them a new identity in due course of time. Thus, steps are being taken by Govt. in ST&SC Development Department for documentation of some tribal cultural fabrics deep in their life and living. This Photo Hand Book is a visual portrayal of the Gonds. During British India the Gonds were well-known as a warrior community. At present they earn a living through peasantry. Although they are animists, there is a perceptible change observed among them due to development initiatives taken by government. Modernization has paved the way towards their integration.A few snaps in this photo handbook are carefully chosen from villages of Sunabahali and Rajapati of Raighar Block of Nabarangapur district, Odisha. Hopefully, this piece of work will be appreciated by the learned readers.