Saputara Tribal Museum:
Amidst the scenic beauty of Saputara in Gujarat, Saputara Tribal Museum is a place of great cultural and historical significance. The museum is purely dedicated to the various cultures and lifestyles of the Dang tribe, which is a local tribe in the area. This unique museum has gained importance due to the large number of interesting artefacts and handicrafts put on display here. Amongst the various things put on show here are native clothes, jewellery, heritage items and dance costumes with face masks. Some of the musical instruments here are also worth a watch.
The museum is a nice tour to see the vivid living style of Dang Tribes in Saputara region. A journey through the museum will leave you overwhelmed with its extraordinary display of the tribe’s culture and lifestyle.
Considering the large population of Dangs in and around Saputara, this museum was set up for visitors to get a glimpse of how the natives of this area have lived for many decades. Even though the museum has been opened on a small scale, it attracts a large number of tourists every day.
There are almost 300 villages in Dang district of which a maximum are tribal. The tribal population here has extraordinary art and craft capabilities such as making stuffed animals, tattoos, hand paintings, pottery, and much more. The museum will leave you exhausted as you go around understanding the culture and self dependency of these tribes in making their living.
Sections of the Museum:
1) Decorative Items:
This section is adorned by numerous decorative items of wood work and carvings. There are wall hangings and paintings on display. The famous Warli paintings made by Dang tribes are exquisite. They were also adept at creating pen stands and old writing material. All of these have been showcased here and placed with appropriate descriptions to share information about the items on display.
2) Pottery Section:
Huge clay and mud vessels which may be used once for water storage are put on display. There are other small and big kitchen utensils also done in different styles. Some interesting cooking vessels have also been showcased here.
3) Music Section:
The music section includes a number of instruments. There are also colorful costumes in different styles on display that were worn during rituals and festivities. The instruments are rare and confined to this tribal zone. Many gaudy multi colored masks are also displayed, which may be used as a part of the dances performed here.
The museum also conducts a few workshops to encourage tribal handicraft. They help you learn paintings and craft work, which is a wonderful experience.
Time: 10: 30 am – 5:00 pm
For Students: Re. 1/-; Adults: Rs. 2/-; Foreigners: Rs. 50/-
Source of information: http://www.discoveredindia.com/gujarat/attractions/museums/saputara-tribal-museum.htm