(Last Updated on : 18-10-2019)
People of Mismi tribe, also known as Deng tribe, are found in Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh
. This ethnic group is consisted of three sub-tribes, which are Idu Mishmi, Digaro tribe and Miju Mishmi. Mishmi tribal people are mostly seen in the Upper
and Lower Dibang Valley
and Anjaw Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh. Mishmis speak in the dialects of Tibeto-Burman linguistic family.
Distribution of Mishmi Tribal Groups
The Idus, also known as Yidu Lhoba, are primarily concentrated in the Upper Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley district and on the northern part of Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh. Digaru Mishmis, also called Taraon, are distributed in the hill and the foothills between the Dibang, Digaru and the Lohit rivers. Miju Mishmi or Kamans live between the Lohit and the Kambang rivers in the foothills and in the Mishmi Hills on both sides of the Lohit river right up to the frontiers to Rima. There are around 30,000 of them in Arunachal Pradesh.
Society of Mishmi Tribe
Mishmi tribal people are allowed to marry outside the paternal clan. Their settlements are small and frequently shifted. Each family lives in a longhouse built on piling. Corn and buckwheat are the staple crops
of this tribe. They also cultivate barley and wheat at higher altitudes and rice at the foothills. Mishmi tribal people are also engaged in hunting and fishing. They worship their tribal gods along with animal sacrifices and other offerings. In their rituals, one can find some Tibetan influence as well. Slavery and headhunting are no longer practiced among the people of this community.
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