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.