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Material Culture of the Orissan Tribals

An Illustrated Study of Kutia, Dongaria and Malia Kondhs by: Nityananda Patnaik

The book contains the material culture, aesthetic life, varying occupations and habitats of the three sub-groups of the Kondhs, a major tribal community of Orissa, situated in the districts of Koraput, Kalahandi and Phulbani. It attempts to look into the cultural life aspects of the Kutia Kondhs, the Dongaria Kondhs and the Malia Kondhs.

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Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : xi, 215
Bibliographic Details : 1 Map; Several line drawings; 8 coloured photos; Glossary
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 450

Overview

The book contains the material culture of the three sub-groups of the Kondhs, a major tribal community of Orissa, situated in the districts of Koraput, Kalahandi and Phulbani. It examines the cultural life aspects of the Kutia Kondhs, the Dongaria Kondhs and the Malia Kondhs which remarkably differs from one another even though there is much commonality in their social and cultural life. With numerous illustrations of their settlements, artefacts and art objects, items of material culture and plans of their houses, the book deals with similarities in socio-cultural, religious and aesthetic aspects of their life Þ varying occupations, habitats, ecosystems and housing types. It attempts to show that a study of their material culture reveals unity in diversity. For the purpose, it deals with their household objects, quest for good personal care, dress, adornments, religious objects and musical instruments. It describes each artefact/common items of use along with its name (local dialect) in the Kondh communities. Giving an ethnographic account of the different sub-sects as well, the analysis systematically finds out what aspects of their culture has changed over the time and what has seen the least change. The work, both interesting and enlightening, is an attempt to unravel the social and cultural aspects of one of the most ancient and rich tribal traditions of India. It will be an invaluable asset to scholars of a variety of disciplines, mainly anthropology and sociology.

Contents

Preface
Map showing the Area of Study
General Introduction
PART I — Kutia Kondhs of Phulbani District
1. A Brief Ethnographic Account of the Kutia Kondhs
2. Human Habitation, Settlement Pattern and House Types
3. Household Objects
4. Basketry
5. Food Quest
6. Personal Care, Dress and Adornments
7. Musical Instruments
8. Religious Objects
PART II — Dongaria Kondhs of Koraput and Kalahandi Districts
9. A Short Ethnographic Account of the Dongaria Kondhs
10. Human Habitation, Settlement Pattern and House Types
11. Household Objects
12. Basketry
13. Food Quest
14. Personal Care, Dress and Adornments
15. Musical Instruments
16. Religious Objects
PART III — Malia Kondhs of Phulbani District
17. A Short Ethnographic Account of the Malia Kondhs
18. Human Habitation, Settlement Pattern and House Types
19. Household Objects
20. Basketry
21. Food Quest
22. Personal Care, Dress and Adornments
23. Musical Instruments
24. Religious Objects
PART IV
25. Similarities and Variations
Glossary
References

Meet the Author
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Nityananda Patnaik formerly professor of anthropology and Director of the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), was a widely renowned scholar and an established author. In earlier years of his career, he taught anthropology at Utkal University and had also been a fellow of the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Dr Patnaik was Director of the Social Science and Development Research Institute (SSADRI) which he set up at Bhubaneswar after his retirement from government service.
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