The Newsletter 51 Summer 2009

Dances with an Indian tribe

Markus Schleiter

A fondness for dancing and beer is an attribute often referred to whenever ‘tribes’ of India are culturally distinguished from the general Indian population, rooted in vague ethnographic traits dating back to colonial times. Markus Schleiter endeavours to counter these essentialisations with a narrative ethnographic account of a dance night with the Birhor ‘Tribe’.