Elusive India: tribes – Chhattisgarh and Orissa

This is an inspirational photographic excursion into the world of indigenous people whose ancestors migrated to India around 60 thousand years ago and now seek little more than to survive from day to day in tune with nature and their beliefs.

There are concise sections about animism, tourism, partner selection, assimilation and above all survival in these remote but threatened forest areas.  There is an important reference to the Dongria Kondh tribe and their continuing resistance to bauxite mining by Vedanta Resources in the Niyamgiri hills.  The many informative black and white photographs illustrate the habitat, landscape and lifestyle.


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What they say

Michael Palin

“I found it fascinating with short, sharp, sympathetic comments on the people in Orissa.  I particularly liked the fact that your comments were so unsensational and balanced, and the photos were equally clear and direct!

It is important to have books like yours to help us understand what is going on in the Niyamgiri Hills and indeed other parts of Orissa.  It will be interesting to see whether the current wave of interest around Vedanta will be able to save the Dongria Kondh villages.”

It is a limited edition of 250 – a collector’s item. The book is of high quality with 48 handsewn pages on book cartridge paper and 48 B/W photographs. There are about 50 copies left.

Buy the book: £15.00, including shipping worldwide

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