Indigenous Knowledge System Associated with Hunting among the Padams of Arunachal Pradesh, India

Hunting is an important economic activity worldwide. However due to many conservation efforts it has gone down tremendously in regions that were once dominantly hunting. However, in Arunachal Pradesh in North-East India, hunting still continues to a large extent. It is one of the favorite activities of the studied people, the Padams of Bolung village, Lower Dibang valley, Arunachal Pradesh. Most men in the village do some form of hunting. Interestingly, there is at least one hunter in a house. Generally whenever they get free time in the winter and whenever they feel the need to, they go for hunting. However in real practice and according to traditions hunting is connected to their lives and therefore undertaken during certain rituals and celebrations. This is the reason why it becomes a part of their culture.