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The most general characteristic of areas of common and distinct cultures is their isolation. The Giripar Sirmour, as a whole, is isolated from neighbouring areas by geographical and cultural-linguistic barriers greater than those which separate Paharis from one another. Evidence for this isolation of area from area is abundant from the local level that ninety percent of all marriages have been contracted within the four mile radius. The diviners and mediums consulted in times of trouble are all within this area. They possess distinct culture which constitutes the kinds of attractions which take people away from their homes, attendance at marriages and other ceremonies involving kin and friends, visits to kin including affinal relatives, trips to tend property, consultations with diviners and mediums, marketing expeditions, and attendance at the annual fair. The Haatis of Giripar Sirmour share the close
relationships (Beti aur Roti) with the tribal people of adjoining Jaunsar-Bawar of Uttrakhand since the time memorable.

Both the areas share obvious features of common origin and socio-cultural traditions which are distinct from that of the other Pahari areas. Their common culture has been modified locally but not obliterated by the differential contacts and developments consequent upon their dispersion. Above all, the Pahari feels himself to be at a disadvantage in terms of
knowledge, sophistication, and prestige in many situations. Truly they are shy in nature and hesitate in establishing relations with the outsiders.

The haatis of Giripar Sirmour have been fighting a movement through peaceful means since 1970 for their rights of declaring them scheduled tribe and the area as scheduled area. They have great expectations from their representatives and hope that this peaceful movement will be over with a logical conclusion.

 

 

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