Bastar is located in southern part of the present state of
Chhattisgarh. Many different tribal communities like the Gonds, Dhurwas,
Bhatras and Halbas lived in the region. These communities used the
forest produce for satisfying their basic needs. Some communities even
practiced shifting cultivation. This was their general pattern of life
before the British came to India.
During the colonial period, the forests were declared as reserved
forests, many villages lying in the vicinity of the forests were