The Akas: The People of Nefa

The Akas: The People of Nefa

The Akas: The People of Nefa

The Akas: The People of Nefa

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About two years ago, Dr Verrier Elwin asked me to write a small book on the Akas, a small tribe living in the Kameng Frontier Division of NEFA, which might be useful to our team of workers in these frontier areas. This knowledge of the life and culture of the people has been considered necessary by the Administration in order to promote the tribal interest, which is its primary aim, as well as to develop among the government servants a sympathy and respect for the people.

I have since then concentrated on the study of this tribe and have set out my findings in this monograph. In doing so, I have tried to give an overall picture of the culture of the Akas. Each part of a culture is related to the other and has a bearing on the total culture; the culture of a people has a meaning in the system of inter-relations of these different parts in the context of the culture as a whole.

I have, of course, approached the subject from an anthropologist's point of view, but in doing so I have tried to put forth the findings in as simple and clear terms as possible, in order to make the work readable even to the layman. In my expression I have tried to be direct and brief. I have abstained from giving any anthropological or sociological interpretations, except at a few places where they seemed necessary. The main problem before me in writing this book has been to find a via media between the anthropologist's quest for scientific . . .

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