Mishings: A Portrait of the Traditional Social System                 Page : 14

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Tribes Total
population
Male Female P.C. to total
tribal population

Mikirs(Karbi)

117,195 90,356 86,839 6.33

Chakma

22,789 12,015 10,774 1.23

Pawi

20,447 9,595 10,852 1.10
C.Indo-Austric

Khasi & Jaintia

6,704 3,637 3,067 0.36

Synteng

6,11 305 306 0.03
D.Indo-Tibetan

Miri(Mishings)

259,551 131,764 127,787 14.02

Deori

23,080 11,901 11,179 1.25
Man(Tai speaking) 964 489 475 0.05

             

1.           Prepared with the help of Census of India, Assam State 1971, Part V : Special Tables, Ethnographic Notes on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. For socio-cultural purposes, few small groups of tribes are included in broad ethnic  groups which are more akin to them.

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The Mishings are one of the major tribes of Assam. Their present population is 259,551 (Census, 1971). The tribe is settled mostly in the districts of Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Darrang and Goalpara. Ethnically, they are Mongoloid and belong to the Indo-tibetan group. Their ethnolinguistic affinity with Adis and Nishis of Arunachal Pradesh is striking [Payengkataki: 1935; Pegu: 1956; Pamegam: 1972; Padun: 1972a;Doley : 1973; Bhandari: 1974]. It is said that the Missings migrated from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh into the plains of Assam about eight centuries ago and continued to do so till the first part of the nineteen century.
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Districtwise Population of Schedule Tribes, percentage total
population and percentage decade variation-1971

Districts Total population Percentage to total population
in the districts
Percentage increase
during 1961-71
Goalpara 308,287 13.85 36.12
Kamrup 298,090 10.44 34.04
Darrang 185,640 10.69 32.32
Nowgong 125,115 7.44 42.93
Sibsagar 125,311 6.82 30.53
Lakhimpur 286,300 13.49 71.93
Mikir Hills 210,039 55.37 24.93

                                                            

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