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Books in History on Tribes - Explore their stories of survival, resilience, and perseverance


Q1. What are historical tribes?


Many present-day Adivasi communities in India formed after the decline of the Indus Valley civilization. The Jarawa are one of the indigenous tribes of the Andaman Islands in South Asia


Tribes in India are characterized by distinct lifestyles and are outside of the caste system. The Adivasi origins of Valmiki belonged to the Garasia and Bhilala tribes, descended from mixed Rajput and Bhil marriages. The Meenas and Gond Rajas of Garha-Mandla and Chanda are examples of an Adivasi aristocracy that ruled in this region.


The Santhal are the largest and one of the oldest tribes in India, They are spread across Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal.

Q2. Who is the first tribal literary?


Susheela Samad, among the earliest Adivasi writers, was the editor of the magazine Chandni from 1925 to 1930, and her two poetry collections were published in 1935 and 1948.


Alice Ekka, of the Munda tribe, was born in Ranchi, Jharkhand, and is also considered to be one of the pioneers of Scheduled Tribe literature. In 1938, she became the first Indian woman from a Scheduled Tribe from her region to graduate in English (she studied at Scottish Church College, Calcutta).


Hailing from the Oraon tribe in West Singhbhum, Jharkhand, and Jacinta Kerketta is a contemporary journalist, poet, and writer. Kerketta’s works reflect the typical Scheduled Tribe motif-especially forests and jungles.

Q3. Which tribe is oldest in India?


The Santhal are the largest and one of the oldest tribes spread across Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal. Are well-versed in hunting and sericulture. Panchayats are a common feature of governance. Group Dancing - singing is an integral part of Santhal culture. Santhals worship Marang Buru or Bonga as the supreme deity.


The Munda tribe is spread across Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tripura, and West Bengal. Fond of dance and music, their songs evoke nature in all its glory.


The Bhil are one of the largest tribal groups, living in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Are excellent archers, and guerrilla warfare experts.

Q4. Who is the oldest tribe on earth?


The Hadza, also known as the Hadzabe are believed to be the oldest tribe in all of mankind, to have lived 1.9 million years ago in Northern Tanzania. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area has been continuously occupied by Hadza since at least the beginning of the Stone Age about 50,000 years ago. Genetic testing indicates that they may represent one of the primary roots of the human family tree, perhaps more than 100,000 years old.


An unprecedented DNA study has found evidence of a single human migration out of Africa and confirmed that Aboriginal Australians are the world's oldest known civilization on Earth, with ancestries stretching back roughly 75,000 years.

Q5. What are the 5 recognized tribes?


The Dawes Act of February 8, 1887, developed a Federal commission tasked with creating Final Rolls for the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma (Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles). The Commission recognized and prepared new citizenship rolls for each tribe. The Dawes Commission allotted a share of communal land to the approved individual members of these Tribes. The Dawes Commission required that the individual or family residing in Indian Territory be considered for approval.

The Commission continued to accept applications from 1898 through 1907 under new guidelines, with a handful accepted in 1914. This list created the Final Rolls of the Citizens of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory".