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24 June 2014

Jonbeel, A Barter Market In The Twenty-First Century

 People from the Tiwa community catching fish during the “Community Fishing” and Tiwa women exchanging their commodities by barter system, as part of the ‘Jonbeel Mela’ at Jonbeel lake. Image by Abdul Sajid. Copyright Demotix. (22/10/2010)
People from the Tiwa community catching fish during the “Community Fishing” and Tiwa women exchanging their commodities by barter system, as part of the ‘Jonbeel Mela’ at Jonbeel lake. Image by Abdul Sajid. Copyright Demotix.
The centuries old Jonbeel mela, a community fair in the North-east Indian State of Assam, has a unique ritual.

Around 10,000 indigenous people from tribes like Karbi, Khasi, Tiwa, and Jayantia of the northeast come down from the hills to Jonbeel wetlands with their produces or catch and interchange with the local people in a barter system.

Usha Dewani at the India Water Portal informs that the annual three-day festival is being celebrated since the 15th century. Around 100,000 people visit the market each year.

Source: globalvoicesonline

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