CM Naveen Patnaik Releases ‘Encyclopaedia of Tribes in Odisha’

Bhubaneshwar: Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik released on Monday’Encyclopedia of tribes in Odisha‘ published by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI) and Odisha State Tribal Museum. Odisha is the only state to publish an encyclopedia of all tribes, according to the official sources.
All five edited volumes contain 3800 pages and 418 research articles covering all 62 Planned Tribal Communities of Odisha including 13 particularly vulnerable strain groups (PVTGs). These Encyclopedia articles had been published in the journal “Adivasi” and other publications over the past six decades, the SCSTRTI sources said.
The prime minister said that this book will surely be a great treasure and repository for all academics, researchers, policy makers and those interested in learning more about the state’s tribal communities, and also praised the work of the institute.
SCSTRTI director AB Ota and his advisor SC Mohanty edited the large volumes. It took more than four years to come up with this encyclopedia.
“The ancient culture and way of life of these tribal communities is rapidly changing and their cultural identities are falling apart. Before it disappears completely, systematic documentation needs to be done urgently. With this idea in mind, the institute has edited, compiled and republished the research articles and other information through the encyclopedia,” the official statement from SCSTRTI said.
The five volumes of this encyclopedia focus on tribal society, culture and development. It will be a beautiful repository of ethnographic knowledge as well as an excellent exhibition of pristine tribal culture with its specificity and variety, the official sources said.
“It will serve as an anthropological reference literature full of relevant and useful information on various aspects of tribal life, culture and development. At the same time, it will also pay tribute to those anthropologists and contributors to articles who are no longer with us,” Ota said.
He said the tribal museum has a very rare type of collections of exquisite arts and crafts from tribal communities and is considered one of the best interactive ethnographic museums in the world.

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