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Tribes Distribution of the Northeast

The tribes of the Northeast can generally be divided into two broad categories: tribal and non-tribal. The tribal populations are found in the mountainous region, while the non-tribal population, which immigrated over generations, has settled in the plains.

Tribes Distribution of the Northeast

Ruel C. Sangma

The tribes of the Northeast can generally be divided into two broad categories: tribal and non-tribal. The tribal populations are found in the mountainous region, while the non-tribal population, which immigrated over generations, has settled in the plains. There is a distribution of both tribal and non-tribal in all the seven states. We present here, not an exhaustive but a broad pattern of distribution of different communities, statewide:

Arunachal Pradesh:

Aka, Apatani, Deori, Khampti, Khmaba, Memba, Mishing, Miri, Khowa, Mishmi, Lisu, Miji, Monpa, Sherdukpen, Sulun g, Singpho, Tangsa, Nokte and many sub-tribes, the Assamese, Bengalis, North Indians, Biharis, Nepalis, Chakma.

Assam:

Ahom, immigrant Muslim, Bengali-Hindus, Santhal, Cachar-Bengali, Boro,
Kachari, Rabha, Dimasa, Karbi, Oraon, Munda, Mising, Koch, Rajbonshi, Tiwa, Garo, Gangte, Hajong.

Manipur:

Meitei, North-Indians, immigrant Muslim, Himol, Anal, Angami, Ch isu, Chota, Gangte, Hmar, Kabul, Kacha Naga, Khirao, Kom, Lamjong, Lushai, Monsang, Maram, Marim, Mao, Mayon, Paite, Pusum, Ratte, Serna, Simti, Sukte, Tangkhul, Thadou, Vaiphei, Zou, Zeliangrong.

Meghalaya:

Khasi, Jaintia, Garo, Bengali-Hindu, North Indian, immigrant-Muslim,·
Nepalese, Karbi, Hajong, Lalun g, Baite, Koch.

Mizoram:

Lushai, Hmar, Ralte, Chawngthu, Pawi, Paite, Chawte, Rawite, Ngentu,
Rinthlei, Chakma, Riang.

Nagaland:

Ao, Serna, Konyak, Lotha, Angami, Chang, Rengma, Phom, Pochuri, Sangtam, Chakhesang, Yimchunger, Nepalese, North-Indian, Kuki and Zeliangrong.

Sikkim:

Lepchas, Bhutias, Gorkhalis (Nepalis).

Tripura:

Bengali-Hindu, Chakma, Tri puri, Mogh, Reang, Noatia, Jmatia, Lushai, Kuki,
Oraon, Santhal, Munda.

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