Odisha, popular as a state with varied tribal cultures, also houses a living museum that is pluri-centric and displays multiplex tribal life style, besides giving due recognition to the state’s ingenious tribal excellence.
The “Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts” popularly known as Tribal Museum, and also conceptually labeled as “Museum of Man” was established in 1953. The artifacts exhibited here are collected from different tribal groups and PTGs of Odisha, besides facilitating visitors to enrich their knowledge on tribal people, their society and culture.
The main museum building showcases dress and ornaments, personal belongings, arts and photographs, hunting & fishing implements, household objects, dance and musical instruments and Dhokra Items. The “Museum of Man” also enshrines tribal deities like Dharani Penu (Goddess Earth) of DongriaKandha, LadriDokriDeo (Village Deity) and BhandarDokriDeo (Snake Deity) of Durua Tribe, and Manduasum of LanjiaSaora to name a few.
These and 14 other replicas are displayed in the courtyard that talks about the supernatural beliefs of the tribes. A walk through the “Museum of Man,” will give you a quaint picture of Odisha’s tribal world, in all its glory.
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