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The Kamar$
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S.C. Dube

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077312.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
The Kamar

S.C. Dube

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the Kamars, an aboriginal tribe located in the south-eastern districts of the Central Province of India. The chapter first describes the location of the Kamars; the habitat, the geographical formations (waterfalls, hills, etc.), the climate, and the population. It then reviews some of the previous ethnographic accounts and research that were conducted on the Kamars, and reveals that the name ‘Kamar’ corresponds to three or four different aboriginal and semi-aboriginal tribes that are distributed over different locations. It also notes that no anthropometric work has been conducted among the Kamars of Chhattisgarh, who are the focus of this study. Finally, the chapter describes the physical appearance, dress, and decoration of the Kamars.

Keywords:   Kamars, aboriginal tribe, location, ethnographic accounts, anthropometric work, physical appearance, dress, decoration, Central Province

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