Who are Adivasis?

Who are Adivasis?

Adivasis – the term literally means ‘original inhabitants’!

  • – are communities who lived, and often continue to live, in close association with forests.
  • Nearly 8% of India’s population is Adivasi and many of India’s most important Mining and Industrial centres are located in Adivasi areas – Jamshedpur, Rourkela, Bokaro and Bhilai among others.
  • Adivasis are not a homogeneous population.
  • There are over 500 different Adivasis groups in India.
  • Adivasis are numerous in various states of India.
  • A state like Odisha is home to more than 60 different tribal groups.
  • Adivasi societies are also most distinctive because there is often very little hierarchy among them.
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