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Koraput museum, a treasure of Oriya tribal heritage

A museum in Orissas Koraput District is turning out to be a treasure house of information for scholars and others interested in the states rich tribal culture, traditions and lifestyle. As many as 62 tribes exist in Orissa. The Kondhs, Koyas, Bondas, Gadabas, Santals, Juangs, Oraon are some of the states prominent tribes which have retained their traditional lifestyles of being close to the nature.

Koraput (Orissa), May 15 : A museum in Orissa's Koraput District is turning out to be a treasure house of information for scholars and others interested in the state's rich tribal culture, traditions and lifestyle. As many as 62 tribes exist in Orissa. The Kondhs, Koyas, Bondas, Gadabas, Santals, Juangs, Oraon are some of the state's prominent tribes which have retained their traditional lifestyles of being close to the nature.

Located near CRP Square in Koraput town, the Tribal Museum is known as (THRTI).

"The people should know how the earlier people were, and this museum is very important. Other museums in our country mostly keep and preserve old statues, which will anyways remain there. But what is more important here are the things that human beings used. To document all this is very important," said Krishna Chaudhary Panigrahi, the Director of the Museum.

The age old traditional and cultural practices which have declined due to the influence of modern technology and other consumer-oriented life-styles are well preserved here.

"It's a very good effort that we can still remember and have some knowledge about their lives, tools, instruments and weapons. It's good. When I heard about it from someone, I got a chance to get here," said Manoj Sahoo, a visitor.

With the collection of costumes, ornaments, agricultural implements, weapons of war and chase, fishing appliances, musical instruments, handicrafts, forest species and mining products as well as techniques in geology of yore are on display at this worthy museum.

Undivided Koraput District was the biggest in the state, covering a geographical area of 26,961 kilometers, or 27.30 percent of the State.

This district had the highest concentration of tribal population. The area inhabited by them was nearly 40 percent of the entire scheduled area of the Orissa.

ANI

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