Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Tangsa Tribe, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The Tangsas are an indigenous tribe who inhabit the eastern most part of the state of Assam and the Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Originally from Mongolia, the ancestors of the Tangsa Tribe came from Yunan in China and settled down in Myanmar by the banks of the Iravati river. Later they migrated to the Patkai Hills in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and settled by the banks of the rivers Kharsang, Namchik, Tirap and Dehing.

At present, this tribe inhabits in the hills of Tinsukia district in Assam and Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh at places named Tikak, Kharangkong, Monglai, Nampong, Jairampore, Miao, Kharseong, etc.

The Tansa people stay in homes named as ‘Chang Ghors’ that are made out of Wood and Bamboo. Every member of the village helps in constructing a house and the end its a ritual to celebrate the completion with Alcohol and Pork meat as a token of gratitude. Each Tangsa village has a head known as the ‘Gaon Bura’ and a group of villages have another head called the chief ‘Gaon Bura’. The village heads preside over the law and order of the village and also organize the major festivals of the village.

Although the hunting of wild animals and fishing are prevalent occupations of the Tangsa tribe their primary occupation still remains that of agriculture. The major produces are potatoes, maize, ginger, leafy vegetables, etc. It is noteworthy that the female members of the tribe toil equally  as the men folk in the fields. The staple diet of the Tangsa people are Rice, Leafy vegetables, Meat and Fish (all grown locally in their fields and the Meat and Fish are obtained by hunting in the wild and fishing in the local river respectively). The rice is normally cooked by steaming. Meat and fish are cooked by roasting over wood fire and on ‘Khorika’ Sticks. The use of bamboo shoot in their recipes is a usual practice of the Tangsa people. The guest loving Tangsa people feel great satisfaction by serving the guests with a meal of fish, meat and rice. It is also interesting to note that these people are pretty aware of the medicinal properties of the local herbs that they seldom visit a Hospital to get treatment for their ailments. Instead, they prepare medicines from the local herbs and feed it to people who head for a speedy recovery.

The Tangsa people wear traditional clothes weaved by the women folks of the village. They dye the threads with color from local herbs and themselves weave clothes on a loom which they operate by tying it to their hips (this is called the Naga Loom).

The Tangsa Tribe host festivals and these are celebrated around the year. The major festivals are celebrated during the onset of harvest of the ‘Jhum cultivation’ and are known as ‘Laiphak’, ‘Samphang’, ‘Dang Tong’ and others. During the festivals they dance to the tunes of the local folk songs, hunt and fish in groups and sing praises of the Lord almighty.

The Tangsa Tribal people are inhabiting today’s world far off the hustle bustle of the city life and cut off from the modern technological advances. Still surviving on the natural resources gifted by mother nature and the food they grow locally, these people have been successful in preserving their tradition, culture, practices and most importantly the legacy of the ‘TANGASA TRIBE’!!

Jungleideas welcomes you to the North East India to celebrate the Traditions and Culture of the Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Singpho Tribe, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

Tour of Tribes of Assam and North East India, Eco tourism homestays and cottages in North East India, the tribes and festivals of North East India
The Tansga Tribal People wearing their traditional attire for a religious ceremony in their Village

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

Tour of Tribes of Assam and North East India, Eco tourism homestays and cottages in North East India, the tribes and festivals of North East India
Tansga Tribal girls in their traditional attire and holding their traditional musical Instrument for a religious festivity at their Village

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

Tour of Tribes of Assam and North East India, Eco tourism homestays and cottages in North East India, the tribes and festivals of North East India
The Tangsa head of the Village wearing his Traditional Tribal Hat

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

Tour of Tribes of Assam and North East India, Eco tourism homestays and cottages in North East India, the tribes and festivals of North East India
Tansga Tribal people weave out exquisite handlooms with their traditional homemade looms

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

Tour of Tribes of Assam and North East India, Eco tourism homestays and cottages in North East India, the tribes and festivals of North East India
The Tangsa people in their Tribal village with their Village Head

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

Tour of Tribes of Assam and North East India, Eco tourism homestays and cottages in North East India, the tribes and festivals of North East India
The Tangsa Tribal people playing their traditional musical instrument

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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2 thoughts on “Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Tangsa Tribe, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

  1. Well nice article and lots of memories going fresh I’ve met this village chief if am not wrong to get into the village which is located near the coal fields of tirap colliery and an easy track into thick hilly forest about half an hour from the main highway.

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