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Introduction

S.C. Dube

in The Kamar

Third edition

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077312
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081158 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077312.003.0001

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

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This chapter introduces the Kamars, an aboriginal tribe located in the south-eastern districts of the Central Province of India. The chapter first describes the location of the Kamars; the habitat, the geographical formations (waterfalls, hills, etc.), the climate, and the population. It then reviews some of the previous ethnographic accounts and research that were conducted on the Kamars, and reveals that the name ‘Kamar’ corresponds to three or four different aboriginal and semi-aboriginal tribes that are distributed over different locations. It also notes that no anthropometric work has been conducted among the Kamars of Chhattisgarh, who are the focus of this study. Finally, the chapter describes the physical appearance, dress, and decoration of the Kamars.

Keywords: Kamars; aboriginal tribe; location; ethnographic accounts; anthropometric work; physical appearance; dress; decoration; Central Province

Chapter.  5473 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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