Adivasi Arts Trust

Tribal Art, Culture and Storytelling

Tales of the Tribes

The Tales of the Tribes is a collection of five short animation films based on indigenous folktales from India.  The five stories are:
Manjoor Jhali (the Story of the Peacock) from the Pardhan Gonds of Madhya Pradesh, Man Tiger Spirit from the Angami of Nagaland, Abotani from the Tani tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Nye Mayel Kyong from the Lepcha of Sikkim and Tapta from the Meitei of Manipur.

A presentation of the making of the Tales of the Tribes is available here.

Production has taken place from 2010, and the films are now completed. The Tales of the Tribes  has been mastered as a  multi-lingual DVD, with versions in English, Hindi, Tenyidie, Apatani, Galo, Lepcha and Manipuri .     The films are produced by the Adivasi Arts Trust in collaboration with various institutions, organisations, artists, storytellers and media professionals.  They are made through participatory film- making practice, with two objectives:

1) To sustain the stories of particular communities for future generations.

2) To communicate Indigenous narratives, artwork and values to wider audiences.

The slide show here shows a glimpse at the Animation Workshop held in Arunchal Pradesh to develop the story of Abotani into a short film.


  1. Hi,

    I am interested in purchasing this collection. Please let me know how to go about doing so.


    • tarapurnima

      May 10, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      The Tales of the Tribes is going to be available soon as a multi-lingual DVD available for purchase so please keep in touch.

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