The present Arunachal Pradesh is a conglomeration of 25 tribes and over 100 sub-tribes. For a varity of historical & cultural reasons, they were kept out of the mainstream for centuries together resulting in a primitive economy of the region. Topography and climate to contributed their share to keep them aloof. Though the society is patriarchal, women are the major bread winners. Except in policy making, they have considerable freedom in their day-to-day life.