Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Adivasis in Assam. 3. Traditional beliefs and outlook. 4. Village life and the tea-garden life. 5. Literary world. 6. Mixed culture of India. 7. Development programmes. Bibliography. Index. "The study covers the historical identity of Adivasis (Santhals) since pre-historic period and their role in forming the composite culture of Assam. It discusses the literary and cultural aspects development of the Santhals. The book may be found useful by researchers and students in this area.