Chapter 5

Class 9
1. Read Sources A and B. (a) Write briefly about what they tell you about the nature of the work undertaken by men and women in pastoral households.
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Read Sources A and B.

Source A

Writing in the 1950s, GC Barnes gave the following description of the Gujjars of Kangra:

In the hills, the Gujjars are exclusively a pastoral tribe-they cultivate scarcely at all. The Gaddis keep flocks of sheep and goats and the Gujjars, wealth consists of buffaloes.

These people live in the skirts of the forests and maintain their existence exclusively by the sale of the milk, ghee and other produce of their herds. The women went to the markets every morning with baskets on their heads, with little earthen pots filled with milk, butter-milk and ghee, each of these pots containing the proportion required for a day's meal.

During the hot weather, the Gujjars usually drive their herds to the upper range, where the buffaloes rejoice in the rich grass which the rains bring forth and at the same time, attain condition from the temperate climate and the immunity from venomous flies that torment their existence in the plains'.

Source B

The accounts of many travellers tell us about the life of pastoral groups. In the early 19th century, Buchanan visited the Gollas during his travel through Mysore. He wrote: 'Their families live in small villages near the skirt of the woods, where they cultivate a little ground and keep some of their cattle, selling in the towns the produce of the dairy. Two or three of these attend the flocks in the woods, while the remainder cultivate their fields and supply the towns with firewood and with straw for thatch.'

Now answer the following questions:

(a) Write briefly about what they tell you about the nature of the work undertaken by men and women in pastoral households.

(b) Why do you think pastoral groups often live on the edges of forests?


(a) In the Pastoral communities, the men used to graze their cattle and sheep and stayed away from their homes. While the women of the families used to sell milk products in the local marketplace to earn their living. Some women also used to cultivate lands and supply the town with firewood and straw for thatch.

(b) The pastoral groups often lived on the edges of forests so that they could graze their herds of sheep and cattle in the forest as well as in the cultivated lands which are near to forest area. They used to sell milk and other milk products obtained from their animals in the local markets. They were also engaged in the cultivation of lands. By living on the edge of the forest both of these activities were easily handled by them.

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