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Arunachal Pradesh is a little-known corner of the world tucked away between Assam, Tibet, Bhutan and Burma. The state, with a population of just over one million, has approximately 35 tribes and 25 languages. In the course of the 150 years shown through the photographs in this book, the people of Arunachal Pradesh have seen fundamental changes in their lives. In the end, of course, the photographs in this book do not tell anything like a complete story; the archival images are reflected through a colonial lens, and the contemporary ones are also selective. Although some of the earliest photographs assembled in this book were commissioned in order to construct racial categories, in fact they often reveal the idiosyncracies of their subjects.

Keywords: Arunachal Pradesh; Photographs; tribes



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