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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
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Culture and Biology of Indigenous People


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 11:00 - 17:15


Room 3.94

Indigenous people or tribal/ ethnic minorities constitute a large percentage of global population. They have a historical background and identity, independent of the countries within the boundaries of which they are located. On the one hand, many of such indigenous populations can suffer from malnutrition, high morbidity and mortality. Moreover, some ethnic populations are burdened with certain genetic disorders, such as sickle cell haemoglobin or thalassemia. Poverty, illiteracy, poor nutrition and low health awareness contribute to their poor health status. Little do we know about beliefs, customs and practices of indigenous people in relation to health and disease, and the manner in which their way of life affects health status. On the other hand, studies have highlighted changes in the style and quality of life in indigenous populations, especially the ones from the developing world. In many countries of Europe, Asia and America the economic situation of tribal people has changed along with economic and social transformations. The indigenous groups respond to them by the rising morbidity and mortality rates due to infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases (including obesity, diabetes or hypertension). The epidemiological and demographic transitions are caused by urbanized lifestyle, unhealthy dietary practices and increasingly common sedentary lifestyle. The panel we propose seeks to create a platform for sharing results of interdisciplinary research, concerning changes in fertility, mortality, body size (height, weight and BMI), age at menarche, health and nutrition status over time, setting them in the broadly understood cultural context.


  • P 38.1
    • Dr. Liczbińska, Grażyna (Department: Faculty of Biology, Institution: Institute of Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University)
    • Dr. Gautam, Rajesh K. (Department of Anthropology Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya (A Central University))
  • P 38.2
    • Dr. Liczbińska, Grażyna (Department: Faculty of Biology, Institution: Institute of Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University)
    • Dr. Gautam, Rajesh K. (Department of Anthropology Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya (A Central University))

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Assessment of Nutritional status of ICDS children aged from 2-5 years in Bilaspur District, Chhattisgarh MANISHA GHRITLAHRE Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology and tribal Development, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, 495009 Abstract Countries throughout the world are at various stages at nutritional transition, food insecurity and undernutrition exist s ... More
Presented by Dr. Grażyna LICZBIŃSKA, Dr. Rajesh K. GAUTAM, Prof. A.N. SHARMA - DISCUSSANT
Varsha Sandilya, Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, India is the home of different tribal groups which reflects its great ethnic diversity. There are 705 (8.6%) tribes living in different parts of the country and from these tribal groups 42 (30.62%) tribal groups are belongs to Chhattisgarh including 5 Particular Vulnerable Tribal Groups (P ... More
Presented by VARSHA SANDILYA on 29/8/2019 at 10:00
This is part of larger study which gives insights into the Croatian Islands' Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS) with a focus on hope and health-related quality of life (QoL). The aims of the study were to investigate determinants of the QoL of pregnant women and hope as potential predictor of QoL domains. Hope is based on an individuals’ perception and thought processes regarding their ability to achiev ... More
Presented by Dr. Eva Anđela DELALE on 29/8/2019 at 11:40
Tribes dwell in the lap of nature having a close day-to-day interaction with forest and associated flora and fauna. Their sustenance is dependent on natural products as they share a sacred bond with nature. Through generations of observation, practice and usage tribes have developed and preserved the traditional knowledge-base of ethnomedicine. Ethnomedicine practices and related belief systems co ... More
Presented by Dr. Nishant SAXENA on 29/8/2019 at 15:30
The growth and development of child consists of a highly complex series of changes and interaction of genes, hormones, nutrients and a environment in which the child lives. A cross sectional study was conducted among the Andh tribe of Nanded District of Maharashtra. The study aims to assess the physical growth of school going children (6-18 yrs). The data were collected using Anthropometry (Hei ... More
Presented by Pradnyanand JONDHALE on 29/8/2019 at 15:50
Birth season is strictly related to environmental factors to which a child is exposed during pregnancy. Literature has indicated that climate exerts a significant impact on the age of first menstruation, which is linked to seasonal differences in ultraviolet radiation dose, availability of food, minerals and vitamin intake. Girls born in the warm months reach menarche earlier than those born in ot ... More
Presented by Dr. Grażyna LICZBIŃSKA on 29/8/2019 at 16:10
This paper compares, using agent-based simulation, a conventional view of kinship as genealogically based to an approach reflecting entities and relations as interacting processes partially determined by prehensive surfaces emerging from the structure of relationships reflected in kinship terminologies. One remarkable aspect of humans is a capacity to not just generate new symbolic understandings ... More
Presented by Dr. Michael FISCHER on 29/8/2019 at 11:20
The birth weight of new-borns is a good indicator of their maturity, very sensitive to external environmental factors, which directly affect the mother's body. Having the values of birth weight and duration of foetal development it is possible to assess the condition of new-borns outcome estimated by their maturity. The proposed presentation has two tasks: 1) to present the developmental retardati ... More
Presented by Tomasz HADADA on 29/8/2019 at 16:30
Changing socio-economic scenario and the impact of the developmental plans and policies of government for the upliftment of the tribal communities at large have brought about a lot of transformation among these tribal communities. The major transformation and changes among the tribal societies are prominently visible in the sector of their healthcare system. The tribal communities who were earlier ... More
Presented by Dr. SAMPRITI PANDA on 29/8/2019 at 11:00
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