Tribals of Madhya Pradesh

Posted: September 8, 2011 in Unreached People groups

The main tribal groups in Madhya Pradesh are Gond, Bhil, Baiga, Korku, Bhariya, Halba, Kaul, Mariya, and Sahariya.

Dhar, Jhabua and Mandla districts have more than 50 percent tribal population.

In Khargone, Chhindwara, Seoni, Sidhi and Shahdol districts 30 to 50 percent population is of tribes.

Tribals in Madhya Pradesh constitute 20.27% of the total population of Madhya Pradesh according to the 2001 census. There were 46 recognized Scheduled Tribes.

“Special Primitive Tribal Groups” in the State.

Madhya Pradesh Primitive tribe

Dindori district

Baiga Chak tribe

population of primitive tribals 9,513

The differences in the tribal community, spread over in various parts of the state, is clearly seen not only on the basis of their heredity, lifestyle and cultural traditions, but also from their social, economic structure, religious beliefs and their language and speech. Due to the different linguistic, cultural and geographical environment, and its peculiar complications, the diverse tribal world of Madhya Pradesh has been largely cut-off from the mainstream of development.

Name of tribe  

Sub-tribe  

Population (Census 1981)  

Districts inhabited  

Gond Pardhan, Agariya, Ojha, Nagarchi, Solhas 5,349,883 All districts, mainly spread on both banks of Narmada River in Vindhyas andSatpura
Bhil Barela, Bhilala, Patliya 2,505,888 Dhar, Jhabua, East Nimar
Baiga Bijhwar, Narotia, Bharotiya, Nahar, Rai Bhaina, Kadh Bhaina 248,949 Mandla, Balaghat
Korku Movasiruma, Nahala, Vavari, Bodoya 66,781 East Nimar, Hoshangabad, Betul, Chhindwara
Bharia Bhumiya, Bhuihar, Pando 195,490 Chhindwara, Jabalpur
Halba Halbi, Bastariya, Chhatisgarhiya 236,375 Balaghat
Kaul Rohiya, Rauthail 123,811 Rewa, Satna, Shahdol, Sidhi
Mariya Abujh Mariya, Dandami Mariya, Metakoitur 195,490 Jabalpur, Mandla, Panna, Shahdol, Chhindwara
Sahariya 261,816 Guna, Shivpuri, Morena, Gwalior, Vidisha, Rajgarh 
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