Tribal Museum Bhubaneswar


Tribal Museum Bhubaneswar

In the year 2002 I was still in college and during that time, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Koraput in Odisha. I was a part of a five-day student exchange program where I had a fantastic opportunity to meet other college students from Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. During one of the field trip, we were taken to a tribal village and this one was not the typical tribal villages of Jharkhand but a village that belonged to the ‘Bonda Tribe’. To be specific we were visiting a specific branch of the tribe known as ‘Upper Bonda Tribe’ who lives in complete isolation from the rest of the nation.

We were given specific instructions regarding how we should interact, what we should and should not photograph and last but not the least not to give them any plastic bottles. There was even a government minder to oversee our field trip. I was allowed to click two photographs and till date, people wonder in disbelief if that was indeed a village in India or somewhere in Africa. Their dress, bead jewelry, and their food habits were very different from the rest of the region.

Bonda Tribe - Photographed by me in the Year 2002
Bonda Tribe – Photographed by me in the Year 2002

The reason we were told not to hand over plastic bottles as the government wanted to avoid any form of plastic pollution in that region and for the Bonda tribe people these plastic bottles were like a priceless commodity.

Coming back to the present time when I was visiting Odisha as a part of Cultural and Heritage Tour of the state organized by Times Passion Trails and Odisha Tourism I was well aware of some of the basic tribes of Odisha. On the very first day and the very first place that we visited as a part of the trip was to the Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts.

Tribal Museum Bhubaneswar

This museum as the name suggests is specifically designed to showcase the various tribes of Odisha. The museum is located in a big campus which also houses a training center and a hostel. The museum is not a new one as such since the original museum which was much smaller was started in the year 1953 but was updated and modernized in the year 2001.

Layout of Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts
Layout of Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts
Entrance of Tribal Museum
Entrance of Tribal Museum
Tribal Museum Campus
Tribal Museum Campus
Beautiful Traditional Tribal Wall Paintings
Beautiful Traditional Tribal Wall Paintings
Beautiful Traditional Tribal Wall Paintings
Beautiful Traditional Tribal Wall Paintings
Even the Trees Have Beautiful Paintings on Them
Even the Trees Have Beautiful Paintings on Them
Museum Section
Museum Section

Different Tribes of Odisha

  • Bagata
  • Baiga
  • Banjara
  • Bathhudi
  • Bhottada
  • Bhumia
  • Bhumij
  • Bhunjia
  • Bhuyan
  • Binjhal
  • Binjhia
  • Birhor
  • Bonda Paroja
  • Chenchu
  • Dal
  • Desua Bhumij
  • Dharua
  • Didayi
  • Gadaba
  • Gandia
  • Ghara
  • Gond
  • Ho
  • Holva
  • Jatapu
  • Juang
  • Kandha
  • Kandha Gauda
  • Kawar
  • Kharia
  • Kharwar
  • Kisan
  • Kol
  • Kolah Loharas
  • Kolha
  • Koli Malhar
  • Kondadora
  • Kora
  • Korua
  • Kotia
  • Koya
  • Kulis
  • Lodha
  • Madia
  • Mahali
  • Mankidi
  • Mankirdia
  • Matya
  • Mirdhas
  • Munda
  • Mundari
  • Omanatya
  • Oraon
  • Parenga
  • Paroja
  • Pentia
  • Rajuar
  • Santal
  • Saora
  • Shabar Lodha
  • Sounti
  • Tharua

Sections in the TRibal Museum

The museum has five sections and each of these five sections are showcasing different objectives of the tribal life:-

  • Hall 1 – Personal Adornments
  • Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs
  • Hall 3 – Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense
  • Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements
  • Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items

Tribal Museum – Hall 1 – Personal Adornments

Hall 1 - Personal Adornments
Hall 1 – Personal Adornments
Hall 1 - Personal Adornments – Mannequins Dressed as Juang Couple in Traditional Attire
Hall 1 – Personal Adornments – Mannequins Dressed as Juang Couple in Traditional Attire
Hall 1 - Personal Adornments – Metal Bangles
Hall 1 – Personal Adornments – Metal Bangles
Hall 1 - Personal Adornments – Metal Bangles
Hall 1 – Personal Adornments – Metal Bangles
Hall 1 - Personal Adornments – Mannequins Dressed as Dongria Kandha Couple in Traditional Attire
Hall 1 – Personal Adornments – Mannequins Dressed as Dongria Kandha Couple in Traditional Attire
Hall 1 - Personal Adornments – Metal Bangles
Hall 1 – Personal Adornments – Metal Bangles
Hall 1 - Personal Adornments – Mannequins Dressed as Bonda Couple in Traditional Attire
Hall 1 – Personal Adornments – Mannequins Dressed as Bonda Couple in Traditional Attire

Tribal Museum – Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs

Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs
Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs
Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Dress Accessories
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Dress Accessories
Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Dress Accessories – A Saora Couple
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Dress Accessories – A Saora Couple
Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Lanjia Saora Paintings
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Lanjia Saora Paintings
Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs –Juang Paintings
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs –Juang Paintings
Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Gadaba Comb
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Gadaba Comb
Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Kutia Kandha Comb
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Kutia Kandha Comb
Hall 2 - Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Warm Garments
Hall 2 – Personal Belongings, Arts, Paintings & Photographs – Warm Garments

Tribal Museum – Hall 3 – Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense

Hall 3 - Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense
Hall 3 – Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense
Hall 3 - Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense - Arrows
Hall 3 – Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Arrows
Hall 3 - Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Knife
Hall 3 – Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Knife
Hall 3 - Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Fishing Nets
Hall 3 – Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Fishing Nets
Hall 3 - Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Guns
Hall 3 – Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Guns
Hall 3 - Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Nets & Traps
Hall 3 – Hunting & Fishing Implements & Weapons of Offence and Defense – Nets & Traps

TRibal Museum – Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements

Hall 4 - Household Objects and Agricultural Implements
Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements
Hall 4 - Household Objects and Agricultural Implements
Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements
Hall 4 - Household Objects and Agricultural Implements – Cow Bell
Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements – Cow Bell
Hall 4 - Household Objects and Agricultural Implements - Utensils
Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements – Utensils
Hall 4 - Household Objects and Agricultural Implements – Soil Digger
Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements – Soil Digger
Hall 4 - Household Objects and Agricultural Implements – Cart
Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements – Cart

TRibal Museum – Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items

Hall 4 - Household Objects and Agricultural Implements
Hall 4 – Household Objects and Agricultural Implements
Hall 5 - Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items
Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items
Hall 5 - Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Metallic Snake Charmer
Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Metallic Snake Charmer
Hall 5 - Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items
Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items
Hall 5 - Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Male Dance Costume
Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Male Dance Costume
Hall 5 - Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Female Dance Costume
Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Female Dance Costume
Hall 5 - Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Drums
Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Drums
Hall 5 - Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – String Instruments
Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – String Instruments
Hall 5 - Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Changu Drums
Hall 5 – Dance, Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items – Changu Drums

Tribal Museum – Open Air Exhibits

Exhibits Depicting Various Religious Sites of Tribal’s of Odisha
Exhibits Depicting Various Religious Sites of Tribal’s of Odisha
Exhibits Depicting Various Religious Sites of Tribal’s of Odisha
Exhibits Depicting Various Religious Sites of Tribal’s of Odisha
Exhibits Depicting Various Religious Sites of Tribal’s of Odisha
Exhibits Depicting Various Religious Sites of Tribal’s of Odisha
Exhibits Depicting Various Religious Sites of Tribal’s of Odisha
Exhibits Depicting Various Religious Sites of Tribal’s of Odisha

Location of Tribal Museum

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