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Jenu Kurumban



Jenu Kurumbans are predominantly found in the forests of the Nilgiri Hills, mainly in Wayanad district, Kerala, and the adjoining areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.



The Jenu Kurumbans are renowned for their expertise in beekeeping and honey collection. They have a deep understanding of the forest and its resources, making them skilled at extracting honey from wild beehives.

Social Organization:

 Each settlement is led by a headman called 'Kaniyan,' who holds significant authority within the community. They are responsible for managing various aspects of community life and ensuring harmony among its members.


 The population of Jenu Kurumbans is relatively small, and they are known for their nomadic lifestyle, often moving to different forest locations in search of honey and other resources.

Both the Ten Kurumban and Jenu Kurumban communities have a strong bond with nature and rely on their traditional knowledge to sustain their livelihoods. As forest dwellers, they play a vital role in conserving the rich biodiversity of their regions and continue to preserve their unique cultural heritage. However, like many indigenous communities, they face challenges in preserving their way of life due to external pressures and the changing landscape of modern society. Ensuring their recognition, protection, and access to resources and education are crucial steps in supporting their sustainable development and safeguarding their traditional practices for future generations.


Jenu Kurumban
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