The group of people in the picture are from a community called Narikuravar or Fox Hunters/Jackal people derived from their basic occupational act… Read More
The group of people in the picture are from a community called Narikuravar or Fox Hunters/Jackal people derived from their basic occupational activities like jackal hunting and trapping.
They are Indo-Aryan nomads in origin migrating from one place to the other and they usually settle at river banks. Their community is subdivided into 18 castes and they speak the language 'Vagriboli'.
Under the Indian government's Wildlife Protection Act, they had to change their occupation to selling ornaments made out of beads and sea shells. They can be distinctively identified by their
way of dressing, lifestyle and language. There is a funny saying in Southern India that this community were the first to wear sling bags since they wore sling bags made out of tin boxes tied with a rope.
Due to their regular migration, the children were lacking proper education and personal hygiene. But now, to prevent them from migrating, the government is helping them by providing water facilities, electricity, housing, voting rights, identification cards and education for children. The Narikorava children are supposed to be more intelligent than their neighboring ones.
The picture was taken at a colony called Mother Teresa Street at Red Hills in Chennai, TamilNadu, India.