• Kanikkaran are a tribal community found in the southern parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu states.
  • According to 2011 census there are 24,000 Kanikkars, dwelling in forests or near to forests in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam in Kerala, and Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu.
  • Though they cultivate everything and make agriculture as the main profession, they have a special liking for fishing and hunting.
  • Kaanikkar Nritham is a form of group dance performed as a rural offering.
  • The Kanikkars are semi-nomadic, living in temporary huts of bamboo and reeds. These are generally situated on hillsides.
  • Previously they practiced slash-and-burn cultivation, but this was banned in the late 19th century.
  • The community also collects minor forest produce, especially honey.
  • The Kanikkars climb ropes at the base of cliffs where nests are located, and collect honey and put it in baskets.
Kanikkaran Tribe
  1. Kanikkaran are a tribal community found in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  2. They dwell in the forests of Nilgiri ranges in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  3. Kaanikkar Nritham is a form of group dance performed as a rural offering.

Which of the following statements are correct?

a. 1 only
b. 1 and 2 only
c. 1 and 3 only
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: c. 1 and 3 only


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