For two years, cultural anthropologist Erik de Maaker and documentary filmmaker Nandini Bedi lived among the Garo in the rural West Garo Hills, an area where Christians were a minority. The Garo form the majority community in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya. Over the past century and a half, most Garos have converted to Christianity while some continue to practice their traditional religion. The video excerpts found on this website portrait the Garo way of sharing agricultural resources, resolving conflicts, and mediating the unseen entities who are sometimes referred to as the primordial occupants of the land.
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