Oral Traditions: Continuity and Transformations, Northeast India and Southeast Asia, Shillong (1st-4th February, 2016) > Conference

Dr. Manjil Hazarika spoke about population movements across the Northeast

Oral Traditions: Continuity and Transformations, Northeast India and Southeast Asia, Shillong (1st-4th February, 2016);Conference

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Dr. Manjil Hazarika spoke about population movements across the Northeast, and his research in this domain, using archaeological sources and folklore. Studies of ancient population movements neglect the north-east in favour of other more popular regions. Migration into the subcontinent took place through the northwest and the northeast. Thus, the northeast is generally viewed as a point of transition between Africa and East Asia. The next section of his presentation looked at his findings from fieldwork done in the Garbhanga Reserve Forest located on the border shared by Assam and Meghalaya. He traced the Karbi community to the Tibeto-Burman group, and found that migratory shifts were reflected in archaeological record. The contemporary tools used by the community for shifting cultivation were similar to the archaeological tools he came across. He matched folklore with his findings – although the archaeological record would not include objects made of perishable materials, such as bamboo. Also, since shifting cultivation involves movement, the layer of deposits left in any single location is very thin. He spoke about ritual and tradition. Among archaeological remains, he had found teeth of the Bos but no other part of its body (no bones). He later found that even today the community consumes the entire pig and only leave its teeth: does this reflect a continuation of tradition?
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Oral Traditions: Continuity and Transformations, Northeast India and Southeast Asia, Shillong
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