Apatani people

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Diorama of Apatani people in Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, Itanagar.
Total population
(20,000 (2001))
Regions with significant populations
Arunachal Pradesh, India:
Apatani (Tanii), English , Hindi
Donyi-Polo, Christianity , Animism
Related ethnic groups
Nyishi, Hill Miri , Adi

The Apatani, or Tanw, also known by Apa and Apa Tani, are a tribal group of people living in the Ziro valley in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh in India.

Customs and lifestyle[edit]

An Apatani woman with a basket going to field

Their wet rice cultivation system and their agriculture system are extensive even without the use of any farm animals or machines. So is their sustainable social forestry system. UNESCO has proposed the Apatani valley for inclusion as a World Heritage Site for its "extremely high productivity" and "unique" way of preserving the ecology.[1] In July, the agricultural festival of Dree is celebrated with prayers for a bumper harvest and prosperity of all humankind. Pakhu-Itu, Daminda, Pree dance, etc., are the main cultural programmes performed in the festival.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unique Apatani impresses Unesco", Rajeev Bhattacharyya, The Telegraph, 17 June 2005. URL last accessed 21 October 2006.
  2. ^ NEZCC - North East Zone Cultural Centre Archived 12 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

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