CM Naveen Patnaik publishes the first of its kind encyclopedia on the tribes of Odisha

Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has published a one-of-a-kind encyclopedia on the tribes of the state. The Odisha CM released the five edited volumes of the encyclopedia on Monday.

The 418 articles of the encyclopedia had been published in the journal Adivasi. (File photo)

STRONG POINTS

  • Odisha CM has published an encyclopedia on the tribes of the state
  • The five volumes of the book were unveiled on Monday
  • The encyclopedia contains 418 research articles on tribes

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday released an “Encyclopedia of the Tribes of Odisha”, the first of its kind, at the Bhubaneswar museum complex.

CM Patnaik unveiled the five volumes of the encyclopedia published by the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI) and the Odisha State Tribal Museum.

A press note released by the CMO revealed that the edited volumes contain 3,800 pages and 418 research papers covering all 62 ST communities and 13 particularly vulnerable tribal groups.

Expressing his joy for such a rare and impressive publication, the Chief Minister said that this book will certainly be a great treasure and a repository for all scholars, researchers, policy makers and those who wish to know more about the tribal communities of the State.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE TRIBES OF ODISHA

The Encyclopedia’s 418 articles have been published in the Adivasi journal and other publications over the past six decades. The editing, compilation and republication of the book has been carried out over the past four years by Professor AB Ota, Director of SCSTRTI, and his consultant SCMohanty.

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Patnaik also toured the museum galleries and enjoyed the new Projection Mapping Unit in the PVTG Wing of the Odisha State Tribal Museum.

Notably, the Tribal Museum has a very rare type of exquisite arts and crafts collection of tribal communities and is considered one of the best interactive ethnographic museums.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the Tribal Museum in 2001, and the second Museum in 2009, exclusively devoted to PVTG. The museum was granted the status of Odisha State Tribal Museum in 2018 by the Chief Minister.

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