People & Culture

 

PEOPLE AND CULTURE
The Major tribes inhabiting this district are Bangnis(Nyishi), Akas, Mijis and Puroiks (Sulung). Each tribe has their own dialects, customs, and religion. Social and cultural events are very much associated with their life, environment and other relevant activities.

The Bangnis also called Nishi, Nishang, Nissi or Dafla and Sullungs inhabit the area contagious to the North Earstern Kameng extending upto Lower Subansiri District. The Akas inhibit the Bana Area and Mijis inhibit to the region eastern of West Kameng District i.e., Lada Circle.

The Marriage of the Bangnis takes place through the process of formal negotiations between the parents of both parties. After a stipulated bride price payment, the girl comes to live with the husband. There are no formal ceremonies which mark the consummation of marriage. The husband and the wife both clad in clothes and wear a number of ornaments. Polygamy is very common.

The Sulungs (Puroiks) are a very scattered tribe. The Sulung society is based on the unit of village community. The Sulungs own land but in some cases they are dependent upon their Bangni Master.

The Festival of the Bangnis is Nyokum Yullo which is celebrated in the month of Februaly. The local priest (Nibu) does the devination by examining the liver of a fowl and the yolk of an egg respectively. The site where the festival is performed is called Nyokum Kyageng. The Sulungs celebrate Gumkum Gumpa in the month of April.

IMPORTANT FESTIVALS

Sl No

Name of Festival

Festival of the

Important Dates

1

Sarok

Akas 

11th January

2

Nyokum

Nyishis/Bangni

26th February

3

Jonglam-Ponklam

Mijis

14th March 

4

Gumkum-Gumpa

Puroiks/Sullungs

15th April

5

Chindang

Mijis

15th October