Tribals of Maharashtra

Posted: June 11, 2011 in Great Commission
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Tribal Map

Warli Tribe

Pray for the Varli People. These tribal people have their own language similar to Marathi. There were one of the original 345 Unreached Unengaged People but were marked engaged because of existing work among them.

Prayer Requests:

1. Ask God to provide for key connections with our missionaries and national partners with Varali.

2. For key leaders to be trained to reach their fellow tribes

3. For Varali Tribals to become followers of Christ.

Varli Art

Warli Art

Kokna Tribe

Katkari Tribe

Maharashtra

KATKARI / KATHODI (ST) Also known as Kathodi or Kathodia, they are concentrated in the Raigad and Thane districts of Maharashtra, and are mainly settled along the foothills of the Sahayadri range. According to Enthoven (1920), the name Katkari is derived from the Marathi term kat or kath meaning juice of the khair (acacia catechu) tree. They were supposed to have made katin the past; but at present none of them has any knowledge about it. The Katkari also inhabit Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The Katkari are grouped with the Kathodi along with other subgroups in the list of the scheduled tribes in Maharashtra. According to the 1981 census, the population of the Katkari and Kathodi including all other subgroups notified together is 174,602. They speak Marathi among themselves.

Halba Tribe

 

Mavchi Tribe

The Mavchi are a tribal community living in Dhule district of Maharashtra. Nowadays they call themselves Gavith. In the earlier days all the tribal population of the region used to call them the Adivasi Hindu Bhils which is still used while writing in anygovernment document as a general name. Gavith means a leader (MukhiycH. No details are available about their origin and history, but it is believed that they were warriors in Rana Pratap’s army and due to the wars they have migrated and settled in their present habitation. They had a separate dialect of their own called the Mavchi language which differs from the Billori langauage the common language of the region where various dialects are spoken by the different tribal groups. Their dress pattern resembles that of the Banjaras. Women wear a half sari from the waist and another half they drapeon both the shoulders from over the head.

 

 

Tribal population inMaharashtra(2001 census)

Sr. No

Name of the District 

Total Tribal Population 

1

Thane  

11,99,290

2

Nashik 

11,94,271

3

Yavatmal

4,73,370

4

Wardha 

1,54,415

5

Nagpur

4,44,441

6

Chandrapur

3,75,256

7

Buldhana

1,15,156

8

Bhandara and Gondiya 

2,94,173

9

Gadchiroli 

3,71,696

10

Dhule and Nandurbar 

13,03,138

  Total

59,25,296

List of tribes in Maharashtra

Sr. No.

District

Names of the Tribes

1

Thane   Katkari, Kokna, Koli Mahadeo, Koli Malhar, Warli, Thakar, Dubla 

2

Nashik  Bhil, Kokna, Koli Mahadeo, Thakar, Warli, Katkari

3

Yavatmal Andh, Gond, Kolam, Pardhan, Halba, Pardhi 

4

Wardha  Gond, Pardhan

5

Nagpur Gond, Halba

6

Chandrapur Gond, Halba, Kolam, Kawar

7

Buldhana Andh, Dhanwar, Pardhi, Koli Mahadeo

8

Bhandara and Gondiya  Gond, Halba

9

Gadchiroli  Gond, Halba, Pardhan, Kolam
Tribe-wise population of tribes in Maharashtra (Census 1981*)
Gond, Rajgond, Arakh                          1,162,735
Bhil                              993,074
Koli Mahadeo, Dongar koli                             787,448
Varli                              361,271
Kokna, Kokni, Kukna                             352,932
Thakur, Thakar                             323,191
Halba, Halbi                             242,819
Andh                              231,871
Koli Malhar                              177,367
Kathodi, Katkari                             174,602
Kolam, Mannervarlu                             118,073
Korku, Bopchi, Mouasi                             115,974
Gamit, Gamta, Gavit, Mavchi, Padvi                             110,828
Pardhan, Pathari, Saroti                               98,685
Pardhi, Advichineher                               95,115
Koli Dhor, Tokare koli                                77,435
Oraon, Dhangad                               70,984
Dhanwar                                69,809
Dhanaka, Tadvi, Tetaria, Valvi                               55,880
Others                                47,868
Naikda, Nayaka                                35,053
Kawar, Kanwar, Kaur                               20,321
Dubla, Talavia, Halpati                                16,019
Kharia                               11,411
Dhodia                                10,980
Barda                               10,293
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Comments
  1. Pankaj patle says:

    Nice work.i am student of bsc forestry .and i m interested to know more about tribals.

    • navasare says:

      there is not identity to tokare koli which live in mejority in dhule dist

      • navasare says:

        whats about the tokare koli of the dhule dist.there is no known about popullation of the hindu tokare koli in dhule dist. all panjara rivers and tapi rivers sides are living the hindu tokare koli how many popullation about the tokare koli with 2012

      • mosesonmissions says:

        Tokare Tribal population in Maharashtra (2001 census)
        Name of the District Population
        1 Thane 11,99,290
        2 Nashik 11,94,271
        3 Yavatmal 4,73,370
        4 Wardha 1,54,415
        5 Nagpur 4,44,441
        6 Chandrapur 3,75,256
        7 Buldhana 1,15,156
        8 Bhandara and Gondiya 2,94,173
        9 Gadchiroli 3,71,696
        10 Dhule and Nandurbar 13,03,138
        Total 59,25,296

  2. raju shirsath says:

    inform me the districtwise and tribewise population in maharashtra

  3. Dr Om Prakash says:

    Great stats. It will be more helpful if you also add up according to 2011 census.

  4. Koli Young Bridged says:

    Why not mentioned about the Tokare koli lives in majority in Dhule district, what is the reason behind this, why not mentioned in district wise. Is this a political pressure of the survey?????? what a joke!!!1!!!!!

    • mosesonmissions says:

      The Koli Dhor are also referred to as Tokare Koli or Kolcha or Kolgha. They inhabit the hilly tracts of the Thane and Nasik districts. They are predominately Marathi speakers.

  5. Tanvi Joshi says:

    a great website.i could get lot of info.thanks a lot

  6. Torane Angad says:

    i am profesor,
    i like the adivasi study ,,,

  7. DR.RAM DOIFODE says:

    I WANT DETAILS ABOUT KOLAM TRIBE LIKE TOTAL POPULATION 2011;DISTRICTWISE POPULATION, LITERACY RATE AND MALE FEMALE.

  8. SHELKE VISHNU says:

    Please send me detail in chart as 1 Name of District 2Taluka 3Name of tribal. cOmmunity 4 population ( latest ) 5 % of literacy 6 main occupation…….
    InMaharastra

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