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About the Kurung Kumey district

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Brief About Kurung Kumey District
Kurung Kumey is the newly created fifteenth district of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, with its district headquarters in Laying-Yangte.

The name of the district is drived from Subansiri river, its stream twin river Kurng and Kumey. The Subansiri river is the triburaty of Brahmaputra river, that flows from Tibet.By a Govt. of India Notification of 1914, the area covered by this district become a part of the " Northern Section" of the "North East Frontier Track" within which entire British subject was regulated by a Inner Line in 1919. This Track was renamed as the "Subansiri Frontier Track" with the name of Kimin Sub-Agency and its Headquarter continued to be at Lakhimpur-Kimin.

In 1954, was renamed as the Subansiri Frontier Division and its headquarter was transferred to Ziro-Yangte(Kurung Kumey) like other parts of NEFA, it was also under the Ministry of External Affairs and over-all in-charge of the district was a Political Officer.

Later on Subansiri Frontier Division was renamed as Lower Subansiri district and the Political Officer was redesigned as Deputy Commissioner.

The Kurung Kumey district was bifurcated from Lower Subansiri district in the year 2001.

Now presently the district headquarter has been shifted at Koloriang which was setup temporarily at Palin with its camp office at Ziro.

The district is dominated by Nyishin tribe,the Nyishi tribe is belong to Abu Tani family as per the history of the Nyishi clan. There are many tribes belong to Abu Tani familyin other districts, they are Apatani in Lower Subansiri,Galo in Upper Subansiri, Tagin in Upper Subansiri.

Many years back(Before 1950), the sub-tribe among Nyishi,war against each other for power,property and fame which lead them to darkness and very slow development in the community.

The Nyishi tribe people are master tribe in the district. They have a mother tongue Nyishi which they basically used. Mostly spoken other languages are English,Hindi,Assamese. The Nyishi tribe has no written script.

There is another tribe called Puroik(Sulung), they have been living under help and support of Nyishi tribe. They became slave of the Nyishi tribe. Puroiks are located in nearby villages of Nyapin,Koloriang,Sarli and Damin. They live in isolated places like jungle.

Nyokum Yullo is the main festival of the district which is celebrates during the month of February. Solung festival is also followed in th eupper region of the district i.e. Koloriang, Sarli.

Rikam Pada and Buya is the main dance of the region. It is performed to welcome the guest and show the culture of its community.

The Nyishi people has rich ornaments called Tassand(Beads),Rurh(Sword),Lakte(Metal Ornament).

The region belief in Doni-Polo God which is the God of Sun & Moon. The tribe performs different worships for diffrerent purpose.

Yullo Oyi for the welfare of the family which worship to God of family protector.

On the other hand Sotung is worshipped to revenge or avenge the enemy by sending Sotung Oyi (Evil Spirit) to destroy the soul of the enemy which is belief as powerful black magic in the community.

Years back, it has performed, now govt. has prohibited the Sotung Oyi practices which creates problems in the society.