(Last Updated on : 22/08/2016)
Tribes of Maharashtra are the primitive people of this region and are scattered in different parts of the state. Mostly they are the inhabitants of the hilly areas. Some of the tribes are of primitive and nomadic character. These tribes of Maharashtra are involved in cultivation and other activities related to the agriculture.
Tribes like Warli Tribe, Bhil Tribe
, Koli Tribe
, Halba Tribe
, Chodhara Tribe
and Oraon Tribe
are some of the tribes that inhabit in the land of Maharashtra
. Constitution of India
recognizes some these tribal groups as Scheduled Tribes
Warli Tribe of Maharashtra:
The Warli tribes are one of the prominent tribal communities of Maharashtra. These people have their own belief, culture and customs. Their extremely rapturous paintings
are stunning. Nature is the main focus of all the cultures and customs of the Warli people. Nature is considered to be a mother like figure to them.
Bhil Tribe of Maharashtra:
Historically the Bhil people used to reside in the deep forest and were expert hunters. Today they are settled as farmers.
Koli Tribe of Maharashtra:
Kolis are the people most notable in Maharashtra. Most of the Kolis are Hindu
. In Maharashtra there is also a significant number of Christian
Kolis. This tribe is distinctly identified for their particular focus on folk dance.
Halba Tribe of Maharashtra:
Halba tribe is one of the significant tribal communities which have taken shelter in several places of the Indian subcontinent including Maharashtra. These people are also adept in wood carving. Poultry farming
, animal husbandry
, cultivation are some of their major occupations. Apart from these, some of them earn their livelihood by selling forest products, and different articles of bamboo
Chodhara Tribe of Maharashtra
: In Maharashtra, both the men and women of the Chodhari tribes are fond of wearing beautiful clothes. The people of this tribal community are vegetarian and they are basically agrarian people. Apart from this, they are also engaged in making clothes, tools, fishing
and jewellery etc.
Oraon Tribe of Maharashtra:
Oraon is one such tribal group, which is considered as the chief representative of the Dravidian
races. This tribe is notified in Maharashtra list as Scheduled Tribe.
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