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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book Himalayan Tribal Tales: Oral Tradition and Culture in the Apatani Valley and its chapters. The book explores the relationship between oral stories and culture in the Apatani valley. Parallel stories in adjacent regions are also discussed because in order to know what is local about a story we must consider its tellings elsewhere. Throughout the book the author uses ?tribe' and ?tribal' to describe Apatanis and other people in central Arunachal Pradesh, knowing that the term is imprecise but also that the alternatives (?ethnic group,' ?community,' ?population') are equally vague. The chapter provides a theoretical framework of the exploration of the relation between oral stories and culture.

Keywords: Apatani valley; central Arunachal Pradesh; oral tradition

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