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Durpai – An Adi Galo Village In Arunachal Pradesh

Adi tribe village

Following our descent from the Himalayas on the road to Tawang, we ventured into the tribal areas of central Arunachal Pradesh. This area is not listed on permits and we weren’t supposed to be here, but as I always say – It’s good to know people…

Before setting off into the jungle, we spent the night in an Adi Galo village. The Adi are another of the Tibeto-Burman tribes in Arunachal Pradesh (like the Nyishi).

These villages are quite remote – no paved roads, no signs, no running water, no electricity (aside from the few people that have solar panels). Thus, the villages are relatively unspoiled by the modern world and it is easy to gain a good insight into the traditional way of life.

The traditional Adi homes are built on stilts and feature thatch roofs:

Adi tribe village

Village of the Adi tribe

This is the home we stayed in… They have solar panels and are thus able to generate enough electricity to charge mobile phones and to occasionally watch TV. Note the drainage system designed to collect as much water as possible during rainstorms:

Adi tribe village

Adi tribe village

Adi tribe village

The interior of the Adi homes is open – grass mats arranged around a central fireplace made of stone:

Adi tribe village

The villagers are quite resourceful and manage to make just about everything they need:

Adi tribe village

Some of the people around Durpai:

Adi tribe village

Adi tribe village

These guys were coming in from the jungle where they had been out cutting leaves for the thatch roofs:

Adi tribe village

Some other views of the village:

Adi tribe village

Adi tribe village

Adi tribe village

Adi tribe village

A granary in Durpai:

Adi tribe village

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9 thoughts on “Durpai – An Adi Galo Village In Arunachal Pradesh

  1. Adi and Galo are two different tribe having migrated from same place but with different origin or geanalogy. Please replace Adi with Galo.

  2. Adi Galo are a subdivision of the Adi and are not quite as distinct as you are suggesting (Although I know that many of the tribes in the area like to think of themselves as being extraordinarily unique and distinct).

    In addition, the Durpai villagers identified themselves as Adi Galo. That is not something I assumed or made up. So, unless you have further information, I’ll leave it as is.

    • Adi and Galo are two different tribe…. u can check Wikipedia. …if u really need any further information. ..thanks

      • I highly doubt that Wikipedia has gone out and spoken with the villagers in this area… Are you suggesting that you or a Wikipedia volunteer know more about the people residing in this village than they do about themselves? They identify themselves as Adi Galo and, yes, they are very much aware that the Adi and Galo are also unique tribes.

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  5. Never thought that there would be a village where adi and gallo lives together it really feel good to hear this news

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