Tribals become anthropologists

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A woman in her mid-twenties, probably of European descent, is trying to explain something to a group of Bhil tribals in village Tejgadh, Chhota Udaipur block, about 90 kilometres east of Vadodara city, Gujarat. Huddled, in a makeshift building on a 10-acre plot, all those present pour over a couple of copies of some document.

This is the temporary 10,000-book library of the Tribal Academy run by Vadodara-based organisation Bhasha. The document they are discussing intently is a site plan. Narayan, one of the participants, turns around to explain the goings-on, "This is for our