Photo courtesy: Chakravorty
An article by the Look East Spark rightly pointed out this tribe is one of the least studied tribe of the State. I searched information about them and found only two sources. One by Ambika Aiyadurai “The Meyor: A least studied frontier tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India”(2011) and subsequently “The Zakhring Community of Arunachal Pradesh: Notes on a Lost Tribe” by Mridul Kumar Chakravorty (2015).
Meyor or Zakhring
Here is an extract from Chakravorty’s report on the identity of Meyor and Zakhring: “The 1978 Gazetteer of Lohit district mentions that Zakhrings and Meyors are separate groups. The Census of India (1981) could find only 14 Zakhring people which declined from 23 (Census of India, 1971), while the population of the Meyors increased from 100 (Census of India, 1971) to 238 (Census of India, 1981). My ethnographic field observation reveals that Zakhrings and Meyors are considered as synonymous.”
Perhaps here is a case where one tribe went to merge with the other. The 14 Zakhring people is about 2 to 3 families in Arunachal Context. In addition, the Meyor were recognized as a Scheduled Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh in 1998. That accorded benefits to merge as one.
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The population of Meyor/Zakhring was 300 in 2002 (Wikipedia). They live in Walong and Kibitho Circles of Anjaw District. They live in 11 villages (Aiyadurai). Some of their village names include: Dong, Karoti in Kibithoo. Their villages are located along the Indo-China borders and in the river banks of Lohit River.
People have more affinity to Mishmi than with the Tibetans. They belong to the Mahayan Buddhist sect.
The people use Meyor as their surname. They have an association called Meyor Welfare Society.