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Apatanis And Their Valley

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This chapter describes the Apatani valley and its influence on local life. It talks about the settlement pattern, food production, house and family size can all be seen as adaptations to the physical limitations of a landscape eight kilometres long and four kilometres wide. The chapter explains how the physical boundaries of the valley play a role in the formation of Apatani cosmology and ethnic identity. The close relation between landscape and people in the Apatani valley is the focus of this chapter. The circumscribed landscape of the Apatani valley is also a factor in the construction of two major conceptual schemes: cosmology and ethnic categories. The concepts of Victorian natural history, especially the belief that people are produced by the land they inhabit, influenced colonial policy toward the pastoralist Todas. Not just noses and head shapes, but also climate and elevation, forest and farmland, influenced colonial ethnology in India.

Keywords: Apatani cosmology; Apatani ethnic identity; Apatani valley; Murung; pastoralist Todas; Victorian natural history



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