North East India is home to over 200 tribes. Each tribal community have their own distinct culture and traditions. They speak different languages, have different religious practices, wear clothes with distinct patterns and also have different ways of celebrating. These celebrations form a part of their festivals where these communities performs colorful dances, showcase their traditional cuisines and source of livelihood like their agrarian practices and their handlooms and handicrafts.
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East and be a part in Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Tai Khamyang Tribe, Tinsukia District, the State of Assam, Incredible India!
The Tai Khamyang Buddhist Tribal youth in their traditional attire at their local village in Tinsukia district of Assam
The Tai Khmayang Tribal people performing a traditional dance at their local village in Tinsukia district
The Mysterious Lake of No Return where many communities of the Tai Khamyang people still reside
Tribal Homestay and Cottages of the Tai Khamti people at Ledo in Assam near the Dehing Patkai Mountain range
The Traditional Loom at the Tai Khamti Village at Ledo in Tinsukia District of Assam
The Tai Khamyang tribal ladies preparing the ‘Tupula Bhat’ – a local savory that is made of steamed rice wrapped on ‘Tokou’ leaves and further steamed to let the flavor of the leaves into the cooked rice
The Tai people of Asia are a sub-race of the Mongoloid stock of human race who are found to spread from the West Garo Hills of North East India to the Hanan islands of South China Sea, covering a vast area of seven countries namely Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam and China.
There are around 2 million people of Tai origin who live in North East India. Ahoms, a group of Tai people, came to Assam in the early 13th century, fighting their way to the Brahmaputra valley in 1228 following their Prince, Sukaphaa. Initially they spoke the Tai language and practised Buddhism as their faith. But after the first generation, the Ahoms married the local people, Borahi ( a tibeto-Burman ethnic group) & Moran, and they started adopting the Assamese language. Their Kings and higher officials converted to Hinduism.
Prince Sukaphaa established his first state in the kingdom of Assam in 1253. The Ahom people kept good records of their past in chronicles called Buranjis. Ahom is the largest group of Tai group in India, settled mainly in Assam.
There are also other groups of Tai people namely Khamti, Phake, Aiton, Turun and Khamyang who came to the valley at later periods than the Ahoms and made their settlement in various places of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East and be a part in Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Tai Tribe, Faneng Eco Village and Naharkatia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!