The Tribal Tribune has entered into the cyber world for the twelfth
time, in the month of August 2005 when the spaceship Discovery
successfully completed its journey as a mark of high degree of
technological achievement. This is an era of knowledge-based
society and this e-zine is working towards that direction.
Knowledge is the source of strength of human development and
should be kept free of any bias or falsehood. This journal is the
result of dedicated efforts of some persons who have taken up the
cause of a section of our citizens, who represent pre-technology
stage of civilization. They are the children of nature and
designated as 'Tribal' or 'primitive' people. Only some academic
disciplines take interest in them and the world at large lack in
proper information on their way of life. In poetic expression
there are "many a ray of purest ray serene" lying in
darkness and many "flowers bloom and blush unseen". The
Tribal Tribune endeavour to acquaint the knowledge seekers with
such people and their culture, maintaining academic
The human society is neither uniform in composition and cultural
pattern, nor static in nature. Human nature is not to yield to the
adversaries and let the grasses grow under the feet. In this long
quest to tame the disturbing forces, some group has developed techno based
environment and some other have still remained in the lap of
nature. The later are variously labeled as "primitive
tribes" or "aborigines". These people depend on
natural resources for their livelihood and have developed very intimate
knowledge about it. Keen power of observation of natural phenomena
and animal behaviour has helped then to survive. So when besieged
with calamities they save themselves with previous precautions.
The recent tsunami disaster exposed the efficiency of 'primitive
wisdom' and limitation of techno dependent knowledge. The Tribal
Tribune (January 200) highlighted this aspect.
The primitive knowledge has helped the forest dwellers to combat
different diseases, attack of venomous creatures, fractures etc.
using herbal medicines and indigenous processes. The civilized
world considered these as unscientific, but many modern health
resorts are using such treatments in commercial way. The indigenous
knowledge of nature therapy is gaining ground in cities but the
progenitors remain in obscurity.
Modern form of visual art and musical notes have copiously drawn
inspiration from such art forms of tribal people. As children of
Nature, the tribal people expressed their sense of beauty through
songs, murals, ornaments, tattoo etc. They weave their own dress
with designs, and use various objects for displaying artistic caliber.
They decorate human body. Being brought up amidst wild nature,
they never nurture any foul sense about nudity. TO them the
environment is animated. Only a distorted presentation about these
people have created wrong ideas among the modern people who
consider them as curious humans. This e-zine attempts to convey
Once self governed these people have very independent mentality
and self dignity. In vast, many tribal leaders have fought for
their territorial and ethnic rights and became martyrs. To the
ruling authority the underground or over ground resources become
more important for national development, then the people living
there since generations. As a result, the tribals are often
displaced or denied access to the local natural resources. The
Tribal Tribune also provide forum for such victims of designed
model of development, as also for those tribal persons who have
earned reputation in various fields like education, politics,
social welfare, administration, sports and games.
In the era of cyber network, this magazine will hopefully carry
unbiased knowledge to wide range of readers, who are expected to
interact and enrich the future appearances.