Tribal Musings

One of the places to visit on my list was the Tribal museum here in Pune, India. Some people asked me why I would put such places on my list? The answer is I want to explore my own city first. I have been in Pune for about 3 years now, and I haven’t seen any of it. I do go to the usual places- shopping malls, some market places, few restaurants. But I haven’t explored the city. I want to do that. I started that with the Tribal museum. Here is a sneak peek

Carved tribal wooden mask: contemporary wood art
Carved tribal wooden mask: contemporary wood art
Contemporary Wooden art pieces
Contemporary Wooden art pieces
Decor on a tribal weapon
Decor on a tribal weapon
Tribal weapons
Tribal weapons
Tribal weapons: these arrows are also dipped in poison sometimes. However the practice is rare now.
Tribal weapons: these arrows are also dipped in poison sometimes. However the practice is rare now.
Agriculture instruments. Most agriculture work is done by hand and never by machines.
Agriculture instruments. Most agriculture work is done by hand and never by machines.
kitchen things
kitchen things
percussion instruments
percussion instruments
ornate musical instruments: bugle
ornate musical instruments: bugle
Bugles
Bugles
percussion instruments
percussion instruments
Flutes
Flutes
Dev mundha- marriage gift from a tribal boy to his would be wife.
Dev mundha- marriage gift from a tribal boy to his would be wife.
Ornate Dev mundha
Ornate Dev mundha
Woven ship
Woven ship

In India we have a very rich, vibrant and somewhat flourishing Tribal culture. Except for a few really protected tribes in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, these tribes are all in touch of the urban civilisation around. In Hindi these people are called ‘aadivasi’ meaning the ancient people or ancient inhabitants. They have their own way of life. These tribes don’t necessarily follow a particular religion. The worship the elements of nature like sea, wind, sun etc. To help these people develop and sustain the government and various NGOs work to promote their art. Be it music, painting, sculptures or just random things the aadivasis use. This particular museum houses objects used and made by tribes in western Indian, mainly the state of Maharashtra.

Tribal art

Tobacco container
Tobacco container

Tribal art

Tribal jewellery
Tribal jewellery
Tribal jewellery
Tribal jewellery
Tribal jewellery
Tribal jewellery
Tribal art: Mask of Ravan
Tribal art: Mask of Ravan
Tribal art: Masks of several deities
Tribal art: Masks of several deities
Tribal art: Mask of lord Ram
Tribal art: Mask of lord Ram
Tribal art: Mask
Tribal art: Mask
Mask used in ceremonies or processions.
Mask used in ceremonies or processions.
Tribal art: warli painting
Tribal art: warli painting

If you happen to be in Pune you must visit The Tribal museum. It’s very inspiring and for a few minutes I let myself get lost in their lifestyle. The jungles, the raw fish smell, the omnipresent scent of cattle, grass and mud and the rainbow colours of their clothes and jewelry all came alive in my mind.

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