There are sixty-two tribes in the state of Orissa (Tribes, 1990), belonging to four racial groups, speaking sixty-two different languages or dialects of three language families. Theirs is a culture that, unlike minority cultures of recent origin, can be conceptualized in terms of beauty and intelligence (Arnold, 1882/1993) and wholesomeness (Anderson, 1991). During my extensive fieldwork among the tribal people, I had the privilege of not only recording their myths, legends, tales and lore but also observing the rich and distinct life-styles they have developed with pride and dignity in their isolation and which they are trying to maintain with sporadic renaissance fervour in this age of increasing and invasive culture contacts.
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