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Language: Birjia Adivasi
ISO: 639-3 (bix)
Amount: 1491

Jharkhand is a land of hills and forests, rivers and plains, ravines and passes, wild animals and domesticated cattle. Its landmass - the famed Gondwana land - is one of the oldest on the earth. Its flora and fauna are a delight to the biologists, its people even more so to the anthropologists and other social scientists. Jharkhand state is the result of tireless and martyrdom struggle of 100 years of Adivasis. It has been established as the 28th state of the Indian Union of Republic on November 15, 2000. There are 32 Adivasi communities in the state of Jharkhand, of which 9 belong to PVTGs (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group). One of these is Birjia. Birjias are considered to be one of India's oldest Adivasi communities. Their population lives mainly in the border districts (Gumla, Lohardaga, Palamu and Latehar) of the Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. According to the 2011 census, their present population in Jharkhand state is only 6276.

These people are surrounded by modern development, mining, deforestation, displacement and the crisis of external culture. Due to this, their oral language, literature, culture and wisdom are on the verge of extinction. Since their population is minimal, hence they have been continuously neglected from colonial times to independent India. The Central Institute of Indian Languages, Ministry of Education GOI has listed 117 languages of India as endangered languages. Whose number of speakers is less than ten thousand and most of whom are Adivasi languages. The Birjia Adivasi language is included in this list and classified as definitely endangered.

This project aims at the documentation and preservation of oral language and wisdom of primitive Birjia Adivasi community.The concrete result of this project is to publish a Birjia-Hindi Grammar for Language Learners and Scholars.