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Madia
Indigenous Group Madia (Sub-group of the Gond. Also known as Madia-Gond, Maria, Maria-Gond, Madiya, Hill Madia [Abudjamadis, Abujmariya, Abhuj Maria, Hill Maria], Bison Horn Maria [Dandami Maria])
Location Maharashtra State, Gadchiroli district, Bhamragarh, Etapalli and Sironcha Tahsil; Chhattisgarh State, Bastar, Dantewada districts; Madhya Pradesh; Orissa State
Estimated Population 76,905 (1998, Government of Maharashtra)
Environment Forest / Highland / Plain
Lifestyle Sedentary / Semi-nomadic
Subsistence Hunter / Gatherer / Agriculture / Paid Labor / Handicraft Sales / Trade
Level of Assimilation Traditional / Fairly Traditional
Language Family Madia
Classification: Dravidian, South-Central, Gondi-Kui, Gondi
Alternate Names: Maria, Maree, Madi, Hill Madia, Hill Maria, Madiya, Modh, Modi
Dialects: Abujmaria, Adewada, Bhamani Maria, Etapally Maria, Bhamragad Maria
Website URLs Wikipedia: Madia Gond
Ethnologue: Madia Language
The Madia of Kasturpal Village, Bastar
Book - “People of India: Maharashtra”
Naxalite Violence in Madia Villages, Eastern Gadchiroli
Traditional Headgear of the Madia
NGOs Lok Biradari Prakalp
The Tribal Cultural Heritage of India Foundation
Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization
Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health

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