Man of the Nishi tribe

Colombe  Cambourne

Manly Vale, Australia

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Pastel work from a photo by Johan Gerrits, my favourite world portrait photographer.

Pastel on Mi Teintes paper in burgundy colour. A3

The Nishi people live in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, North-East India. It is the least explored part of the country. Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland regions are so called hidden part of the world, and there is a good reason for that. These regions are rarely visited by foreigners. Most people across the world have no idea that such places even exist. Tribal India is completely unknown, and even Indians themselves have no knowledge that there are tribes with ancient culture, living next to them. Arunachal Pradesh in Sanskrit means „The Land of Dawn-lit Mountains". It shares the outer border with Myanmar, Bhutan and Tibet.
The Nishi population reaches over 49500 people.
The richest men, if they are able to pay dowry, can have up to eight wives. If a man has several wives, he can enjoy a trouble-free life, as now his wives are taking care of prosperity and wellbeing of the household. All eight wives live friendly under the same roof, only each of them has a separate fireplace. The senior wife lives in the main part of the house, which is closest to the door. Her task is to prepare food for her husband and children, while other wives cook only for themselves and their children. It is also here that the food for guests is cooked and guests are received.
Men wear their hair tied tightly at the forehead in a knot, fixed with a metallic skewer. They also wear cane helmets, decorated with a feather and a fake hornbill beak.

In the evenings, Nishi people gather on balconies of their homes to discuss news, eat boiled bamboo shoots – their greatest delicacy, and perform their rituals.

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