Galo Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh - Informative & researched article on Galo Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Tribals

 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Food|Indian Religion|Indian Personalities|Indian Villages|Kamasutra|Indian Costume|Indian Weddings|Astrology|Indian Jewellery|Indian Women|Indian Tribals
Home > Society > Indian Tribals > Indian Tribal People > Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh > Galo Tribe
Galo Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh
Galo Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh is a central Eastern Himalayan tribe primarily concentrated themselves in the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
 Galo Tribe is a Central Eastern Himalayan tribe, concentrated in southwestern side of East Siang district, the southeastern side of Upper Subansiri district, as well as in some small regions in Itanagar, Lower Dibang Valley District, and Changlang district.

Galo tribe mainly speaks the language of Tani group of Tibeto-Burman languages. The Galo Tribe is listed as a Scheduled Tribe from 1950 under the Scheduled Tribal List published by the Government of India.

The primary occupation of the Galo tribe is Wet rice cultivation. Wet rice cultivation now accounts for the majority of production in the Galo tribal area, however shifting cultivation or the Jhum Cultivation is also still practiced, especially in remote villages away from urban townships.

Galo Tribe are socio-economically dominant in their area. Around 90 percent of the Galo tribal children learn Galo as their first language, although almost all are also bilingual and borrow frequently from Assamese, Hindi and English.

Galo Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh
A significant and increasing number of Galo children, however, do not learn Galo as a native language, instead speaking a semi-creolized form of Hindi as their mother tongue. This phenomenon is especially prominent in urban areas, and among wealthy families. Indigenous religious traditions persist in most Galo areas.

In some areas, an institutionalized form of 'Donyi-Poloism' has been developed, within which indigenous religious traditions are re-interpreted in terms of certain Hindu concepts and practices, and novel practices such as hymn singing and incense-burning are practiced.

Christianity in this area is also rapidly on the rise, especially in foothill areas of Arunachal Pradesh. Galo Trbial people are often referred to by non-Galo Tribe (especially the Minyong-Padam group) as Gallong language. It is an archaic pronunciation reflecting an earlier stage of the Galo language prior to its loss of the velar nasal in codas. This is a generic term for a loose grouping of several central and eastern Tani tribes speaking several distinct languages. In most Tani languages, Adi (Galo adi) means simply 'hill (people)'.

This article is a stub. You can enrich by adding more information to it. Send your Write Up to

(Last Updated on : 15/03/2013)
More Articles in Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh  (40)
Aka Tribes  (3)
Adi Tribe  (1)
Miji Tribe  (1)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Tribals
Godna Art
Godna art is a form of body tattooing extensively used by the tribes of Chhattisgarh for adorning themselves.
Tribes of West Bengal
Tribes of West Bengal, with their unique culture, religion, costumes and tradition have enriched the culture and tradition of the state of West Bengal.
Garo Tribes
Garo Tribes are one of the matrilineal tribes of North-East India who reside in the Garo hills of Meghalaya.
Festivals of Munda Tribe
Festivals of Munda Tribe, observed during different Hindu months, are celebrated with great enthusiasm for the well being of the village. Teh festivals are usually marked by dancing, singing and feasting.
Sohrai Festival
Sohrai is a harvesting festival celebrated by the Munda Tribe on the fifteenth day of the month of Kartik during the Kartik amawasya. On the festival day goddess Lakshmi is also worshipped.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum on Indian Tribals
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Society
Galo Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh - Informative & researched article on Galo Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.