Who we are...

We are students of indigenous knowledge.

…reconnecting to the wisdom to live in accordance with nature.

We appreciate and support the local storytellers, the folk and tribal artists.

We listen attentively to the myths, legends and stories that have been passed down by elder wisdom keepers from generation to generation. Collaborating with diverse groups of artists, we translate the stories to make this knowledge accessible to new, younger audiences.

By connecting to the diversity of our world, we reconnect to ourselves and realize that we are one human family.

We bring ancient wisdom that has stood the test of time to the urban experience; the wisdom that connects us to each other, to our landscape and to the entire ecosystem of life.

We preserve and sustain vulnerable local cultures that are consistently threatened by the powerful tide of modernization engulfing us.
We promote wellbeing and confidence for people who are consistently marginalized, those that continue to bear the weight of colonial histories.

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The Adivasi Arts Trust is a UK based charity (no 1132550) established in 2007 to promoting and preserving Indian indigenous art, culture and storytelling through animation and digital media.

The Trust has contacts with many tribal artists and it has tribal art and cultural consultants in India as associate members.

The Trust has collaborated with the India International Centre, the British Council, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Lalit Kala Akademi, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, National Institute of Design, Rajiv Gandhi University and North-Eastern Hill University in India, and with the Horniman Museum, Nehru Centre, Tate Modern, Warwick University, Bournemouth University, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and the New Art Exchange gallery in UK.


  • Promote awareness of Indian tribal culture in India and abroad, to increase understanding of its artistic value.
  • Ensure long term involvement of indigenous people in digital media projects to promote their art.
  • Encourage and facilitate Indian tribal peoples in developing and marketing their artwork, to raise awareness of their culture and to provide a sustainable source of income.
  • Create an awareness of indigenous art as a resource for media and animation in India.

Featured Projects

adivasiartstrust.org, Tales of the Tribes, The Stories of our Ancestors, Animaiton Workshop in Nagaland

Tales of the Tribes

A series of five short animated films based on indigenous and tribal stories from Central India and the North East region.

How We Got Fire

How We Got Fire

How We Got Fire is a project to animate a story from the oral traditions of the Andamanese people.

Wancho Animation Workshop

Wancho Animation Workshop announcement

The announcement for the Wancho02Animation Workshop, March 2021.