This Stunning Illustrated Map Showcases the Wildlife of Odisha

This Stunning Illustrated Map Showcases the Wildlife of Odisha
A screenshot of the Wildlife Map of Odisha from the artist's Instagram ,

A visual designer has taken elements from the folk art of pattachitra to highlight the syncretic nature of wildlife and indigenous people

Kanak Khanna
November 06 , 2020
03 Min Read

An illustrated map has been doing the rounds of social media feeds these days. It showcases the wildlife of Odisha in gorgeous illustrations.

Created by visual designer Sudarshan Shaw, the Wildlife Map of Odisha has elements sourced from the folk art of pattachitra. 


The Asian elephant, Indian pangolin, Bengal tiger, Irrawaddy dolphin, spotted deer, fishing cat and many other animals can be seen on the map which also has information about the indigenous tribes of Odisha and its wildlife spots.

Read: A Chat with the Creator of the Odisha Wildlife Map

For instance, the indigenous Kandha tribe of Odisha can be spotted on the map. The royal descendants of the mountain god and the protector of streams, their deep reverence for the hills shows in every aspect of their lives. In a recent study it was found that the tribe gather 200 different kind of foods from the forests and harvest almost hundred crops. For centuries the tribe has helped maintain the biodiversity of their forest where tigers, leopards and sloth bears roam around.

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A post shared by Sudarshan Shaw (@sudarshan_shaw) on Aug 21, 2020 at 8:59am PDT

In one part of the map you can see one of the oldest matriarchal society in India, the Bonda tribe who reside in the hills of Malkangiri. They are believed to have migrated from Africa and are considered to be the first forest settlers of India.

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Celebrating Indigenous people The Buguns who speak the language of fire and water are clearly proud of the Bugun Liocichla that shares its name and home with the Indigenous tribe. The relationship between the Liocichla and the Buguns has led to community friendly conservation, an important example of how interestingly the forests of India is maintained under the capacity of the tribal communities. #bugunliocichla #arunachalpradesh #india #eaglenestwildlifesanctuary #earth #planet #illustration #art #artwork #artist #sketch #colors #wilderbone #sudarshanshaw #community #tribals #tribe #bugun #liocichla #bird #birdsofarunachalpradesh #conservation #instagram #instadaily #instagood #handmade #love

A post shared by Sudarshan Shaw (@sudarshan_shaw) on Apr 29, 2020 at 6:04am PDT

Another part showcases the 'Believers of the Sun', the Munda tribe, who started off as nomadic hunters and are now involved in agriculture and labour. 

Head over here to see more.

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