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Aka Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh

Aka Couple of West kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in their traditional attire.

Aka Couple of West kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in their traditional attire.

Aka Couple of West kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in their traditional attire. A Aka Tribal woman of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh wearing a traditional headgear made of Silver A Aka baby at Tippi, some 6 kms away from Bhalukpong in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. A Aka tribal woman

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The Aka, also known as Hrusso, are found in the Thrizino (cultural hub), Bhalukpong (commercial hub), Buragaon, Jamiri, Palizi, Khuppi area in West Kameng of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Their language belongs to the Tibeto-Burman family.

The Aka share strong cultural affinities with the Miji, and intermarriage with the Miji is prevalent. Centuries of Vaishnava and intermittent Tibetan influence from the Sherdukpen has shaped the Aka culture into its modern form. Handicrafts, basket weaving and wood carving are the principal arts among the Aka tribe. Intermittent Tibetan contacts is evidenced by the fact that the Aka and Mishmis are known as "Khakhra" (meaning barbarians) to the Tibetans.

Published on 3/29/12

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