Toda Tribe

 

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  • Beautiful ladies from the Toda tribe in Tamil Nadu, South India. During the Ooty flower show, the tribes that live in the Nilgiri Mountains put up stalls in the Ooty Botanical garden where I got to meet them. They educated about their lifestyle and sold handcrafted goods to mostly tourists from other parts of India. Today, there are just about 1000 Toda left, who preserve their language and their religion, which is a mixture of Hinduism and traditional beliefs focused on the buffalo. The buffalo is highly respected, as the Toda mainly earn their livelihood from selling or trading dairy products. The government of Tamil Nadu supports them by reforestation projects and protecting their exclusive right to sell traditional embroidery items so that non- tribe members can’t profit off of duplicate items.

 

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