The Centre for Indigenous Cultures

The Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures in Shillong, Meghalaya, is an institution devoted to the study, promotion and development of indigenous cultures.

Given the size of our population, it is not surprising that India has the highest number of indigenous or tribal people in the world, some 95 million or so. These are distributed in about 500 tribes and sub-tribes, 85% of which live in Central India (mainly in Jharkand, Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan). The North East is home to some 50 million indigenous peoples, and the DBCIC has a superb museum devoted to this lesser known and lesser explored part of our country.

They also publish books, under the imprint of the Vendrame Institute Publications. Not many, but what they do publish is unique, and offer some insight into the culture and history of t
he northeast. Some of their titles:
  • The Catholic Church in Northeast India, 1890-1990.
  • Tea-Garden Labourers of Northeast India.
  • An Introduction To Khasi Ethics
  • Understanding Tribal Cultures
And the comprehensive The Tribes of Northeast India, edited by Sebastian Karotemprel.