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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