The Warli Tribal Heritage of 2300 Years


Nimboli Farmers Cutting Rice

 

MEET OUR NEIGHBORS, THE ADIVASI OR WARLI 

Fire Mountain Retreat is located among the indigenous tribal people of India known as the Warli or Adivasi (first inhabitants), or Vanvasi (forest dwellers). They live close to nature, historically living off what they could forage from the forest and later learning to grow rice during monsoon. The Adivasi in our neighborhood fare better than many of those farther into the forest, but still they are the forgotten and ignored people of the Indian government. They have very limited access to infrastructures that are common place in the city.

FIRE MOUNTAIN EMPLOYS OUR ADIVASI NEIGHBORS

Fire Mountain Retreat employs some of our Adivasi neighbors in running our facility. They are trustworthy, bright, happy, fun loving, shy, and committed to making Fire Mountain Retreat an enjoyable place for our guests. Their first language is a kind of village Marathi, and they also know Hindi and some English.

 

 kind, attentive, and helpful to guests.

Fire Mountain staff Ujwela Jadhau and Sadika Ganeshker pick fresh Red Hibiscus for daily devotional offering in dome. (photo by Irene Fremee)

 

SNET IS COMMITTED TO BEING GOOD NEIGHBOR

SHREE NITYANANDA EDUCATION TRUST that owns and operates Fire Mountain Retreat, has a local Adivasi woman as one of its trustees to make sure that we are sensitive to the needs and feelings of our neighbors. SNET's goal is to be helpful to the local Adivasi people, and good communication is the first step. Hence, we asked this woman to be our immediate intermediary.

CULTURAL EXCHANGES AT FIRE MOUNTAIN

Our guests have participated in cultural exchanges with our neighboring Adivasi by visiting them in their villages to witness their traditional Tarfa Horn & dancing, Warli art work, and village lifestyle. SNET has made an exerted effort to share experiences with them, people to people. 

 

There are other NGO's in our Tansa Vallley River area who are also committed to helping better the conditions of the Adivasi, and are referenced in the links below.

LEARNING SPACE FOUNDATION   whose mission is that all tribal families live a life of dignity filled with purpose, hope and joy. Inspired by the ideals of holistic education, we believe that each individual discovers and creates meaning and purpose in his life through connections to each other, their community and nature. By embracing this connectedness we hope to awaken creative self-expression, inspire innovative actions, and nurture respect and care for nature. The accomplish this by creating after school programs for students, teacher training, and creative arts.

SAHA ASTITVA  promotes natural organic lifestyles and green rural development in India by demonstration and research. One of its goals is to demonstrate to Adivasi families how to be able to again live sustainably off their own lands without having to move to the city for work.

 Many informative articles can be found on the internet that explain the history and culture of