India: Blotted Escutcheon

In the deep valleys and rugged mountains of India's North-East Frontier Agency live a tangle of secretive tribes with peculiar habits. The wily Daflas wear jockey caps with feathers; Gallong girls can have multiple husbands; the Tangsas dress in scotch-plaid sarongs. Apa Tani women are adorned with nose plugs and large, looped earrings, while Hill Miri girls wear tight petticoats of woven cane that give them a mincing walk. The Abors love to dance and fight, and the Mishmis, though remarkably handsome, have nevertheless been described by European explorers as being "excessively...

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