The Land & its Rivers

The People

Arunachal is the homeland of 26 well known indigenous communities and several allied ethnic groups of the Indo-Mongoloid race of Tibeto-Burman linguistic family, each having a distinct identity shaped by the unique history and narrative of their migration, settlement, cultural diffusion, traditions, trade relations, economies, and way of life.

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is the practices, expressions, knowledge and skills that communities recognise as part of their cultural heritage. Also called living cultural heritage, it is usually expressed in one of the following forms: oral traditions; performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; and traditional craftsmanship. ICH of Arunachal Pradesh is shaped by the traditional belief systems and the natural environment.

The traditional necklaces of Tagins are called Golpota.

The Monpa men wear red jackets with head gear made out of Yak hair

The Miju Mishmi people, till date practice the traditional perserving methods by smoking, drying and

The Monpas make different kinds of snacks along with some tangerines.

The jaws of various animals are preserved by the Akas to serve their rituals

Idu-Mishmis have a rich tradition of weaving textiles on their backstrap looms.

Adi women wear coin chokers called 'Golpota', a silver necklace with a pendant 'Nok'

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Nature - Culture

The indigenous wisdom and cultural practices of people of Arunachal highlight how nature and culture are closely intertwined.



Local communities sustain their biocultural heritage which includes biological resources, cultural places and traditional knowledge systems.


Living Heritage of Arunachal : Beauty in Diversity

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Stories & Blogs

Indigenous communities of Arunachal Pradesh have unique stories about their oral traditions, belief systems, festivals, cuisine, artistry, ancient trading routes etc.