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Kolam Tribe



A scheduled tribe in India, Kolam tribe inhabits certain regions of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra (Yavatmal, Wardha and Nanded districts). The people mainly speak Kolami language, but also have fluency in Marathi, Telugu and Gondi languages.

In the 12th century, the Kolam were priests of the Gond Tribe. Hence their culture resembles that of the Gond people. These people follow Hindu based rituals and ceremonies. Human sacrifices still exist among the Kolam tribe.

Agriculture and working in the forests are the occupations. Wooden articles and hunting nets are made. Kolam live as small groups with agricultural fields and forests surrounding them.

These tribes have four sub groups. Marriage is only within the tribes. Drum or tappate and bamboo flute or vas are the only musical instruments used in festive occasions.



Updated on 11th April, 2015

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