The Apatani is an ethnic tribal group living in the Ziro valley, Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. Since time immemorial, the Apatani have had a democratic system of running the society. The village council is known as the Bulyang.
The first contact with the Europeans occurred in 1897, when British officials came to stay in the valley for two days; six similar brief visits were later held between the 1920s and 1930s. In 1944, after a temporary government outpost was set up by an anthropologist-administrator, the Apatani came in contact with minimal government presence for the first time.
Most Apatanis are loyal followers of the Donyi-Polo faith, who pray to the Sun (Ayo Donyi) and the Moon (Atoh Polo). Dree Festival, celebrated in July, is the main agricultural festival of the Apatanis.
All the Photos here taken in 2009 by Olga Rani.