The Lhoba name include a number of peoples with a small presence in China whose language belong to the Tani cluster of languages (except the Yidu) of the Tibeto-Burman family. Most of the population of these peoples lives across the Chinese borders, in India (Assam and Arunachal Pradesh), Burma and Bhutan. Some ethnic groups included in this name are:
- Abors (some scholars say is the former name of the Adi). Usually live in the mountains, along the Dihang River until the Tibetan border (and inside Tibet), closely related to the Miris to whon they call: "brothers of the plains." With four main subtribes: Padan, Pasi, Mingyong, Galong
- Akas call themselves Hrusso, Akas is the name the Assamese gave them, meaning "painted2 in allusion of the tattooed faces of theri women)
- Apatani or Apa Tani. About 40.000 (most of them in India).
- Bogar or Bokaer.
- Bunnu or Bengru.
- Daflas, called themselves Bangni or Nising (I supposse ar the Chinese Bunni or Bengni)
- Lhopa or Luoba.
- Miris. Call themselves Mishings and were found scattered throught Upper Assam (India) and the extreme southeast of Tibet.
- Mishmish, with four main tribes: Bebejia, Chulikata, Digaru and Miju
- Yidu or Idu.
The tiger and its brother man: a Lhoba myth and some thoughts: Long, long time ago, the world was completely black. Absolutely, nothing existed. Then, heaven and earth separated, and the man from the heaven went down to the earth.
Idu mishmi Lower dibang valley: One of the most complete articles about them in internet.
About the Apatani
Let us save Tanii: An interesting blog written by one young Apatani, with sections dealing with history, culture, language and literature.
Scholars Researches available in the Web
About the Apatani
E. Berezkin.- Apa
Tanis and the ancient Near East: an alternative model of complex society
two or three decades the word "chiefdom" has been included in
the basic vocabulary of American anthropologist interested in social organization
and pre-state societies.
contact in the 'hidden land': Oral history among the Apatanis of Arunachal
Pascal Bouchery.- The Apatani or Tanii
The great majority of them inhabit a small plateau surrounded by mountains in the Lower Subansiri District, popularly known as the Ziro Valley... Apatani villages are permanent and, for the seven original sites, quite old. Some of them such as Hong or Bulla comprise more than 500 houses and straggle over a considerable area
K. Chakraborty.- Bamboo
Flowering in the North-East: Crisis Beckons Opportunities
Chandra Prakash Kala.- Ethnomedicinal botany of the Apatani in the Eastern Himalayan region of India
paper investigates the wealth of medicinal plants used by the Apatani
tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Apatani have traditionally settled in seven
villages in the Ziro valley of Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh
in the Eastern Himalayan region of India.
Takhe Kani.- Myth Associated With the Apatani Textile Culture
The Apatanis of Arunachal are not only famous for their remarkable achievement of permanent terrace-wet-rice cultivation perfected by the indigenous irrigation system and fish-cum-paddy culture but also for their handicraft and handloom works. Their products, exuberant in colour, play a significant role in the socio-economic and socio-religious development of the Apatani society.
The present paper looks at one of the most advanced traditional wet rice cultivation done by the Apatanis in Arunachal Pradesh in Northeastern India, in the context of valley cultivation as a land use system in the region.
About the Idu
Laws of Idu Mishmi - A Profile
Idu Mishmi of Arunachal is one of the major tribes having some distinctive
cultural characteristics of their own. There having a council of elders
popularly called "Abela", which is of different status, governs
their society. The "Abela" is responsible for maintaining peace
and harmony among the Idu Society
Fürer-Haimendorf, C. von.- The Apa Tanis and Their Neighbours. London, 1962. Routledge And Kegan.
In my recent book A Himalayan Tribe: From Cattle to Cash , I described in detail the transformation of the Apa Tanis during the years which followed the establishment of permanent links with the Indian administration in 1944 and 1945, and in this context I shall concentrate on the circumstances which account for the differences between the fortunes of the Apa Tanis and the fate of the tribal societies discussed in the foregoing chapters of this volume.
Basic Bibliography of the Lhoba:
The Apatani monster: The Apa Tani assert that their valley was originally a great lake. When their forefathers set to work draining the valley and clearing the surrounding jungle, they came upon terrifying giant lizards.
China photo exhibitions
Lhoba in the art
to Lhoba lands