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On this World Indigenous Day, I am reminded of how little we read or get taught by/of/about Adivasi (Indigenous peoples in India). This thread is limited to my research, which I often read to educate myself. It includes non-Adivasi writers too. Feel free to add to this. Thread🧵
Dr Ram Dayal Munda was a key public intellectual who shaped the cultural milieu of Adivasi literature. Having earnt a PhD from UChicago, he returned to work towards Adivasi Risorgimento -- a cultural revolution to raise Adivasi consciousness. These are two works of Munda.
@JacintaKerkett2 is a fierce writer who has won numerous awards and published works that encompass literary culture, political movement, Adivasi lifeworlds; her work is read, referred to across the academic/non circle. Angor is her poetry volume.
@abhayminz is an Anthropologist whose prolific writings appear regularly in the newspaper. He has written two key books that undercut longstanding grievances, aspirations of youth and worldmaking of Adivasi ethics. Below is one of his compelling books.

Dayamani Barla is an activist and writer who has published numerous books. She has had longstanding struggles and resistance against extractive companies across India.
Her work includes: Women of Ulugan and We Won’t Give an Inch of Land

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Hansda Somvender Shekhar is a practising doctor and literary writer. His book 'Adivasi Will Not Dance' presents a compelling and painful account of Adivasi's struggles. He has recently published his second book and regularly contributes to public writing.

Centring the value of 'Adivasiyat', Tete's work and struggle present a detailed and nuanced scale of Adivasi's voice. She has widely published her writings in Hindi and is often known for her piercing poetry.
Known for his key contribution to the development of Tribal Studies and pioneering work on sociology, Professor Virginius Xaxa is a tall figure within the academic circle. He has published numerous books and continues to inspire writers.

Ruby Hebrom is a literary writer and the head of the Adivani Press. Her press publishes Adivasi stories written by Adivasi folks. This firm belief in voice has led her to publish incredible works by Adivasi writers. Her own work includes 'Earth Rests On A Tortoise'. Image
@alfgunvald has written an immersive account of the Adivasi movement in MP, India. The book "Adivasi and the State" presents dilemmas, negotiation and, most clearly, the voice of Adivasis, who staged a resistance against the extractivist state.
@alpashah001 is known for her prolific writing on Jharkhand through "In the Shadow of the State", which offers detailed ethnographic and analytical entry class and indigenity politics. Since this book, she published numerous works on similar themes.
@DollyKikon is a prolific Anthropologist with decades of work on indigenous politics, extractivist and entanglements in the Northeast. Her key work includes 'Living with Oil'. Above all, she is a kind and generous writer.
Anuj Lugun is a poet and a writer who contributes ideologically to Adivasi’s rights of Land, forest and water. He has written a recent book Pathalgadi and his speech can be heard below.
@RashVarma is a literary writer and academic whose 'Modern Tribal: Representing Indigeneity in Postcolonial India' presents a compelling account of literary analysis of Adivasi representation and its entanglement with capital.
@arpithakodiveri is a lawyer, writer and academic whose numerous writing, including an upcoming book, mainstream the legal battle and resistance movement led by Adivasi in Odisha. Apart from conservation politics, she is also writing about CC effects on marginalised communities.
Archana Soreng is a youth climate activist and has been continually staging the needs and demands of Adivasi at international forums. She has appeared on various platforms through her poignant speech.

@XaxaSpeaks is an academic based at IIT Gandhinagar. He has published variously on issues on urban policy impact on Adivasi and development politics and is now working towards comprehensive work. His writings can be found here:
Dr Rahi Soren (@RahiSoren) is an academic and writer based at Jadavpur University. She has published key insights and detailed analyses of the environment and women. Her work can be found here: jdvu.academia.edu/RahiSoren
Finally, I often bring myself back to Rubi's speech (below) and remind myself how solidarity is fraught, to say the least, if you are writing with/about/on Adivasi issues. It is a productive tension and must always stay at heart with all its discomfort.
Sorry for the autocorrect. It's Ruby Hembrom. Also, I forgot to insert the tall figure of the Indian Constituent Assembly, Jaipal Singh Munda.
@NandiniRavita is producing excellent work on the role of social media and its close entanglements with Adivasi youth in India. While her thesis is on the way, her writing has appeared in various forums internationally. She can be reached from above.

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