ODISHA is home to 62 varieties of culturally vibrant tribes including the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PTGs). Officially known as “tribals” – but more accurately known as “Adivasis” – they constitute 22.01% of the state’s total population and 8% of nation’s total tribal population.
KORAPUT Valley, decorated with forests, terraced valley, picturesque landscape, amazing waterfalls is the home to a nice combination of various Tribal & Non Tribal Community who share a common ADIVASI or DESIA IDENTITY in their living. These simple, honest, friendly and culturally rich community makes this destination a distinct and special.
83% of the population live with indigenous Agriculture which has placed KORAPUT VALLEY at UN map with prestigious GIAHS award. Indigenous knowledge and farming practices of the region’s tribal people recognised for promoting food security and conserving biodiversity. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has accorded the status of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) to the traditional agricultural system being practiced in Koraput region of Odisha.
The anthropologist study gives an account that there are 62 types of tribes in Odisha. Most of these tribes have their presenses in this valley.. As far as the population of a tribe is concerned the Bhumia, Bhatra, Gond, Koya,Paraja, Kondh constitute above one lakh each while other 26 tribes population is around 1000.
The Bonda and Didayi are considered as rare tribes because of their greatness and typicality of culture. Their domain and sphere of activity is confined to the dense forests of Eastern Ghats and on the mountainous river. This aboriginal tribe is divided into three communities’ viz Munda.
(Austro-Asiatic), Dravidian and Indo – Asian.They have their culture of own which is linked to their ambiance and language. Literarily the definition of their culture is so broad that we appreciate and accept every aspect of their life style which is associated with culture.
Let us have a glance at their culture from different perspective such as social and religious milieu, village system, folk literature, dance and song, fairs and festivals, way of life and folk art.
DHEMSA DANCE, WEEKLY HAAT, PUS PARABA, CHAITRI PARAB , SALAPA are the most important happenings for all the communities living in the tranquil valley which is a perfect place for all nature and culture loving travelers who like to learn from others culture.
DESIA ECO TOURSIM is such an inspiration based on the simple & community living philosophy.