Dr. Gauri Shankar Mahapatra teaches museology in the department of Tribal Studies Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak (M.P.). With his interest, the former ‘Ethnographic Museum’ of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University reappeared in a new name ‘Pan-Indian Tribal Museum’ with a new concept. His area of interest includes museology, heritage management, culture studies etc.
Dr. Basanta Kumara Mohanta has been teaching anthropology since more than one decade. His area of interest includes prehistory, ethno archaeology, museology, ICH, cultural anthropology, medical anthropology etc. He initiated the ‘ Ethnographic Museum’ in Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak in 2009-10. Presently, he is working as Acting Head, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Business and Social Sciences, Eritrea, Africa.
B. Tripathy and Basanta Kumar Mohanta, in the first article dwell upon the
concept and development of ethnographic museum, in the context of the world
and India. Discussing the concept and history of ethnographic movement in India,
authors have discussed the ethnographic museums in Pre-Colonial period and after
the independence of India, highlighting the contribution of various agencies such as
Central Govt., State Govt., and Universities etc.
The importance of Ethnographic museum has been discussed by Atul Chandra
Bhowmick, by providing an in-depth analysis of the contributions of ethnographic
museums and the procedure of documentation of ethnographic specimens for better
understanding of the context of tribal material culture.
Amit Soni has presented an article dealing with museographer approach to tribal
cultural heritage. By quoting examples from ethnographic museums, they try to
focuses on the role of ethnographic museums in the continuity of tribal heritage, by
emphasizing on active educational and recreational facilities of the museum.
Bipas Roy Chowdhury has thrown light on ethnographic museums of Central India,
in brief, taking examples from Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Odisha, reflecting
diverse material culture of the tribes of the region.
The cultural trove of Bastar, as preserved in the Zonal Anthropological museum of
Anthropological survey of India at Jagadalpur is presented by Sarabjeet Singh, where a
detailed note on the material remains of tribes of Bastar is provided with its functional
aspects. In the same vein, Loknath Soni has presented the material entire of Central
archaeological museum Nagpur, which is collected from tribes of Andaman and
Nicobar, North-East India, Central and Eastern India.
The government of Madhya Pradesh has established a tribal museum at Bhopal,
to portray the material culture and ethos of tribal heritage of the region. Bipasa Roy
Chowdhury and Kumkum Kasturi have documented and analysed the preserved tribal
Culture of the museum with its context.
Private collections do provide new light on tribal material culture of Central
India. In this aspect Gauri Shankar Mahapatra has discussed the ethnographic objects
preserved in the private collection of H.M. Sharda, a bank officer of Bhopal, who
has collected hundreds of tribal material culture from tribal areas of Chhatisgarh and
The region of Koraput of South Odisha is notable for diverse tribal culture and
heritage. Being the Horne of a number of tribes, South Odisha presents tribal material
culture in plenty, which provide significant understanding of their socio, economic and
religious life. Binod Bihari Satpathy has documented the rich ethnographic collection
of tribal museum, Koraput, in its cultural context.
The Berhampur University, Odisha has established the South Odisha Cultural
Research Centre, in which tribal and folk material culture of the region is preserved.
Soumyasree Deepayana Dash has documented the material culture preserved in the
cultural research centre by highlighting the tribal heritage of the region.
The department of Anthropology of Utkal University has a cultural museum of
Anthropology, for teaching and research. It contains Prehistoric tools, tribal material
culture etc collected during explorations and excavation conducted by the department.
Subodh Kumar Mohanty in his brief note focused on the significance of the museum.
In the same manner, Laxman Kumar Sahoo has thrown light on the material culture
of Anthropology and Tribal Studies Department, North Orissa University, Baripada
and discussed how the museum can play an important role in preserving the cultural
heritage of the tribes of North Odisha.
The government of Madhya Pradesh has established a tribal and folk art museum
at Khajuraho, notable for medieval temple architecture worldwide. Rajendra Dehuri
has discussed the background and collection of the museum and states that the museum
has immense scope with regard to tourism at Khajuraho.
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