Lifestyle of the Tribal People
The tribal people are extremely self-reliant. They grow their own food, their girls weave their own clothes, and generally speaking, they live a simple life. Each tribe has its own dialect, distinctive dress, and rites and rituals. The common feature is their way of life, which still speaks of their main occupation. Some of them take pride in hunting with bows and arrows. Tribal women are very skillful in making beautiful handicrafts. Tribal people are generally peace-loving, honest, and hospitable. They usually greet a tourist with a smile.
The indigenous peoples of Bangladesh refer to ethnic minorities in Chittagong Hill Tracts (southeastern), Sylhet Division (northeastern), Rajshahi Division (northwestern), and Mymensingh District (north-central) areas of the country. The total population of indigenous ethnic minorities in Bangladesh was estimated to be over 2 million in 2010. They are diverse ethnic communities including Tibeto-Burman, Austric and Dravidian people. Quite a few of these groups, such as the Chakmas and Marmas (the largest and second largest), migrated to Bangladesh before the British period from modern Burma. Others migrated from Central India, where they are referred to as Adivasi (Indigenous). Most of these groups are often disadvantaged compared to ethnic Bengalis since Bangladesh was created as a Bengali nation-state. Ethnic minorities of Bangladesh have their own cultural traditions and, frequently, languages. Vast number of indigenous tribes of Bangladesh are traditionally Buddhists and Hindus by faith while others are Christians and animists.