Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Kutia Khond Tribe of Orissa

Kutia Khond girl of Orissa
Khonds, or Kandhs are an aboriginal tribe of India, inhabiting the tributary states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Their main divisions are into Kutia, or hill Khonds and plain-dwelling Khonds; the landowners are known as Raj Khonds.
They are hunter and gatherers. They go out for collective hunts eating the fruits and roots they collect. They usually cook food with oil extracted from sal and mahua seeds. They also use medicinal plants. These practices make them mainly dependent on forest resources for survival. They have given their name to the Khondmals, a subdivision of Angul district in Orissa. The Khond language, Kui, is more closely related to Telugu.

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