The present book “Kuli-A Tribe of Odisha” by Dr Meera Swain is a humble effort to combine and consolidate different aspects of the identity of the Kuli community of Odisha. It also depicts and takes note of their socio-economic, cultural and geo-political status with a broad viewpoint. ‘Kuli’, the community under our study, is a lesser known and yet an important weaving community of Odisha whose nomenclature and status as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe were ambiguous. This book on Kuli resolves some of these issues and also represents the social, economic and cultural status of the community. Data for the present book consists of household census schedules collected from twelve villages covering four districts of Bolangir, Baragarh, Subarnpur and Sambalpur. Various tools used here for data collection include interview schedules, questionnaires, case studies and observation. Still photography, audio and videos are also quite helpful in gathering and analyzing the collected data afterward. The villages and one urban colony are selected to carry on the study. Secondary data are collected from a few literatures available on Kuli tribe in various libraries of our state. Generally the determination of the tribal identity of a community requires collection of detailed empirical data which is a time consuming process. Kuli community is one such community of Odisha which is much less studied and is surrounded by controversy due to its nomenclature and dual status as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. In order to establish a distinct identity of the community, an in depth and extensive study on Kuli community and the establishment of its socio-cultural identity was found to be essential in the field of anthropological research. Pertaining to that it is a very vital endeavor in this direction and a step forward towards the congregation and preparation of empirical data base regarding this weavers’ community of Odisha.
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