Who are Apatani Tribes?

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The Apatanis, one of the major ethnic groups of the eastern Himalayas, practise a distinctive form of agriculture where rice and fish are grown together and need encouragement.

About Apatani Tribe:

  • The Apatani are a tribal group of people living in the Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • They speak a local language called Tani and worship the sun and the moon.
  • They have major festivals like Dree, Myoko, Yapung and Murung.
  • Dree is celebrated with prayers for a bumper harvest and prosperity of all humankind and Myoka celebrates friendship similar to modern friendship day 
  • They have been practising integrated rice-fish farming in their mountain terraces of Arunachal Pradesh since the 1960s.
  • Apatanis principally use three rice varieties: Emeo, Pyape and Mypia. 


Q1) What is Murung festival?

It is a six-day festival of the Apatani tribe, which involves more than 50 hours long rituals, and is celebrated by a family or a group of families for the wellbeing of the family members as well as the members of the community, in January every year.

Source:  Towards sustainability: Arunachal’s Apatanis use a unique, integrated cultivation method; it needs encouragement