Irula


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a Dravidian language closely related to Tamil that is spoken in a hilly section of southwestern India

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Typical examples of the particularly vulnerable tribal groups are the Greater Andamanese, Onge, and Sentinelese living in Andaman and Nicobar islands, Irulas and Todas of Tamil Nadu, the Kadar and Kurumbas of Kerala, and the Chenchus, Kolam, and Thoti of Andhra Pradesh.
I thought we were going to be walking in meadows,'' Irula said.
The Irula people of madras have always been adept at catching all kinds of wildlife.
The Irula tribe, now numbering more than 20,000, has subsisted for years on the capture of poisonous snakes and other animals.
Terjesen's case study of the Irula tribe of India speaks to both of these points.
In southern India, the Irula Tribal Women's Society has begun collecting and documenting the medicinal knowledge of the local healers, and marketing some of the plant extracts.
In this ordering, at least two geographical groups correspond with genetic subgroups: South Dravidian I (Tamil, Malayalam, Irula, Kurumba, Toda, Kota, Kodagu, Kannada, Koraga, Tulu) and North Dravidian (Kurux, Malto, Brahui).
Sethu Sethunarayanan, director of the nongovernment organization (NGO) Center for Development of Disadvantaged People (CDDP), uses technology to improve the lives of impoverished people, focusing in particular on the indigenous Irula tribe.
Using Steever's (1993: 4) names, three distinct and coherent groups are universally recognized: 1) South: Tamil, Malayalam, Irula, Kodagu, Toda, Kota, Kannada, and Tulu; 2) South-Central: Telugu, Gondi, Konda, Kui, Kuvi, Pengo, and Manda; 3) Central: Kolami, Naiki, Parji, Ollari, and Gadaba.
This case follows Sethu Sethunarayanan, Director of the nonprofit Center for Development of Disadvantaged People, which is dedicated to the improvement of the Irula tribe in rural villages of southeast India.
60-61 (the Kurumba, as described by Kapp and Hockings, and the Irula, us described by me).
Speaking only for myself, I shall note here two short papers that Hockings failed to notice: "Etymological and Cultural Notes on Irula Lexis," in Ex Pede Pontis (Prague, 1992), 279--87; and "Irula Songs," PILC Journal of Dravidic Studies 5.
wasy, Irula uli, Alu Kurumba oli) belongs to a Nilgiri microareal semantic group, the non-Nilgiri etyma meaning 'to flow; river, current'.