Arunachal Pradesh has 26 major tribes and countless smaller ones. Even today new linguistic groups are being found in this remote forested corner of India. We have close links to many different groups but are especially friendly with people from the following tribes: Adi
We have very good relations with a number of Adi villages which has allowed our guest to stay in traditional bamboo huts and accompany them on trips into the jungle. Trapping fish, hunting meat and gathering jungle fruit and vegetables. They show our guests how the jungle is the builder centre and larder for the villagers with rope, poison, baskets, food, entertainment and lodging all available if you just know where and how to look. Adi homes are based around a central fire where fish and meat are smoked and meals are cooked. They are built on stilts, old food is thrown under the homes to feed the pigs that live there. Nyishi
The largest tribe in Arunachal Pradesh yet one of the least developed. Renowned for their fiery temper and aggressive nature they are the tribe that Untamed Borders has the most connections with. Pei our top man in Arunachal is Nyishi and should guests wish we can arrange visits to truly remote Nyishi villages days walk from the nearest road. To places that have never seen a white face, electricity or any of the other trappings of the western world. The majority of Nyishi still follow the animist religion of Donya Polo in which sacrifices are made to the spirits of the forests to in order to have good harvests, hunting, successfull marriages and healthy children. Apatani
The Apatani are unusual in that they are completely settled and only live in one small valley in Ziro. Due to their lack of space they have developed a sustainable farming system. For every tree they cut they plant five and they famously use the water in their paddy fields to cultivate fish. Their villages are closely packed. The Apatani ladies are renowned throughout Arunachal Pradesh for their beauty. In the past Nyishi warriors would charge into Ziro and carry off the most beautiful women. To prevent this the Apatani women had their faces tattooed and huge plugs put in their noses and ears to disfigure them so as not to be found so attractive. This practice has ended but some of the older women still have the tattoos and plugs.