Life Among Indian Tribes: The Autobiography of an Anthropologist
This autobiography of a well known anthropologist who spent fifty years studying tribal populations in India and Nepal traces his research among primitive food gatherers and hunters in the forests of Andra Pradesh and the equally isolated cultivators in the wooded hills of the Eastern Ghats. Führer-Haimendorf began his work among the Konyak Nagas of the Naga Hills at a time when they were still head-hunters, and was one of few scholars to observe the head hunting ritual. He later spent several years studying the large tribe of Raj Gonds in the northern districts of Hyderabad State, meticulously preserving in writing the epics and extensive mythology of their oral tradition. The book also recounts his fieldwork among such high altitude dwellers as the Sherpas.
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Preface and Acknowledgements V
The Sherpas of Nepal
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