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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister naveen Patnaik Monday unveiled ‘Tribal Atlas of Odisha’, a compendium of valuable information on tribal regions in the state and key demographic indicators like literacy, sex ratio and education at the State Secretariat here. It showcases tribal art, culture, dialects and much more in about 60 map formats and other visuals.
The book, edited by professor AB Hota, was published by SC and ST Research and Training Institute in collaboration with Academy of Tribal Language and Culture (ATLC).
The book displays the salient features about the tribal population of Odisha with a series of specialized maps, charts and diagrams. Besides the 60 plates, the book has corresponding graphs and diagrams portraying the distributional aspects of the tribal population, ecological setting, tribal habitats, their socio-cultural attributes such as linguistic/dialectical affinity, sex composition, literacy and economic aspects of the communities living across the state.
The demographic indicator of tribal people emphasizes the culture and art of people residing in the remote areas of the state for readers outside the state. The initiative by SC and ST Research and Training Institute is in collaboration with the Academy of Tribal Language and Culture, Patnaik said,
“Odisha occupies a unique place in the ethnographic map of India for having the largest variety of tribal communities. Their culture and socio-economic fabric is unspoiled. The tribal atlas is going to be a handbook for students, research scholars and lawmakers,” said SC & ST Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi who was also present on the occasion.