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Apatani Buddies

The apatanis, one of the major ethnic groups of eastern Himalayas, have a distinct civilization with systematic land-use practices and rich ecological knowledge of natural resources management and conversation, acquired over the centuries through informal experimentation. The tribe is known for their colorful culture with various festivals, intricate handloom designs, skills in cane and bamboo crafts, and vibrant traditional villages. Here a portrait of an 80-year-old woman with her buddy to comfort her in old age.

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Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Camera: NIKON Z 6
Copyright: © Mary Grace Montives