Indian Dongaria Kondh tribals dance as they hold traditional tools and weapons during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.

In August 2010 India refused permission to London-based Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite for its alumina refinery in the Niyamgiri Hills citing violations of environmental and human rights laws. The courts are expected to hear the company's appeal later this year. — Photos by AP

Indian Dongaria Kondh tribals dance as they hold traditional tools and weapons during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. In August 2010 India refused permission to London-based Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite for its alumina refinery in the Niyamgiri Hills citing violations of environmental and human rights laws. The courts are expected to hear the company
Indian Dongaria Kondh tribals dance as they hold traditional tools and weapons during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. In August 2010 India refused permission to London-based Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite for its alumina refinery in the Niyamgiri Hills citing violations of environmental and human rights laws. The courts are expected to hear the company's appeal later this year
 Indian Dongaria Kondh tribal girls watch sacrifice rituals during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill. ?AP Photo
Indian Dongaria Kondh tribal girls watch sacrifice rituals during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill. ?AP Photo
An Indian Dongaria Kondh tribal woman carries a chicken offered for sacrifice on her head as she dances during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill. ?AP Photo
An Indian Dongaria Kondh tribal woman carries a chicken offered for sacrifice on her head as she dances during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill. ?AP Photo
Indian Dongaria Kondh tribasl sit at their tradtional place of worship next to a buffalo head offered in sacrifice during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill. ?AP Photo
Indian Dongaria Kondh tribasl sit at their tradtional place of worship next to a buffalo head offered in sacrifice during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill. ?AP Photo
An Indian Dongaria Kondh tribal girl dances during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. ?AP Photo
An Indian Dongaria Kondh tribal girl dances during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. ?AP Photo
Indian Dongaria Kondh tribals dance during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.?AP Photo
Indian Dongaria Kondh tribals dance during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.?AP Photo
Indian Dongaria Kondh tribal girls watch sacrifice rituals during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill. ?AP Photo
Indian Dongaria Kondh tribal girls watch sacrifice rituals during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill. ?AP Photo
In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, Indian Dongaria Kondh tribals warm themselves over fires during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. ?AP Photo
In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, Indian Dongaria Kondh tribals warm themselves over fires during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh at the sacred Niyamgiri Hill, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. ?AP Photo

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Nitin (MUmbai)
Mar 01, 2012 01:23pm
This tribe is also known as AVATAR tribe. Many of the Middle class Indians hate them because they look different and they have defeated a MNC. I am sure many few Indians will like and comment on this photo.
Danish
Mar 02, 2012 09:50am
This is a rather interesting culture which must be preserved. India is best know for its cultural, linguistic and political diversity.