A Neglected Tribe of Orissa, India

The name of ‘Bhunjia’ as a tribe is not found in anthropological writings except during numbering the Orissa’s tribal groups. No reasons are found behind the invisibility of writings/studies rather than un-enthusiasm of anthropologists may be due to lack of historical documents. It is fact that most of the anthropologists do not know its existence rather folklorists are more concerned about this tribe. Keeping these, this paper is about an anthropological account of this tribe showing how modernization and conventionally development oriented programs have not touched their traditional culture and ethos that has strengthen their identity of being ‘Bhunjia’.