Hakki Pikki in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Mhoto 300
Nahno 200
Nahto Unknown

Introduction / History

First time I met Narikkuravar was at a gathering in Chennai. They were neat and tidy, dressed up and 'decorated' well. They were nomadic but mostly semi-settled, living in huts and sideways. I was told, being unhygienic was a way of protection for them. It took some time for me to understand its real implications.

If you were not a researcher and continued reading, please come along with me to the Chennai Central railway station and take a suburban train to Arakkonam. I am sure they are living all around, but you will not miss seeing some of them on these trains or at the Arakkonam bus stand. Let us be prepared to sit or stand holding on to the hangers as most the time it will be crowded. This trip, we will get off at Thiruvallur, hardly an hour journey from Chennai Central.

The one with rolled up long hair on his head, coming with threads of red and black around his shoulder, ladies hair- supporting outfits- combs, hairpins, toys, led lamps, earbuds- most of them cheaper, is a Narikkuravar man. You may soon see their ladies as well wearing skirts a little longer than three fourth's blouse and saree on top. You can buy a packet of safety pins for Rs.5 and a lice comb for Rs.10 if you really need one! Can you see slings sold anywhere else? They make these slings, as they are also expert to catch birds and animals. They are non vegetarians and they mostly catch their prey themselves.

It's Tiruvallur; let's get off here. We can hire an auto or take a bus for five kilometers from here, on the outskirt of the town to see a small community of Narikkuravar. The people who lived freely gathering their own food, making a sustainable living of themselves, being part the food-chain and of the environment are now strangers struggling to survive. As a tribe that once lived in harmony with the nature to sustain their livelihood are alienated by the so called policies in the name of protection of forest, development, and industrialization.

On this street there are just four households. The roofs that leak had been protected by polythene sheets and used flex banners. Most of them have gone on the suburban train to make both ends meet. Some of them also do rag picking to sustain themselves. This fish-cart (tricycle) is the only vehicle to transport the rags collected and for a family ride in addition to the moped seen around.

The families are happy today. There is smoke rising from the huts, yesterday they managed to catch a wild cat (kattu poonai). Its feasting today for all of them; most of the catch is being preserved for future. The meet is sliced in such a way to dry it on strings. Animals are their friend and prey as birds are.

Children are free from study or homework as none of them go to school. Who cares if they are not educated? Let alone help them live in a house and have a way for livelihood before they can send their children to school!

As we return, let's have a peep into the other nomadic community living nearby on the open ground. They are yet another group making a living through selling household items like millstones, mats, and brooms. They are indeed different from the Narikkuravars.

Sun is really getting hotter above; this man is trying to make a fire live to cook some rice while his mother is making the side dish- chutney, red-chilly and tamarind ground with a bit of salt.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Hakki Pikki in India.


Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-31
People Name General Hakki Pikki
People Name in Country Hakki Pikki
World Population 27,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bagri; Chigaribetegar; Gaypardhi; Guvvalollu; Guvvalulu; Haranshikari; Kurivikkaran; Kuruvikaran; Longoti Pardhi; Melshikari; Nakkala; Narikorava; Narikoravar; Narikurava; Oachikorava; Osi Korava; Phase Pardhi; Pittalollu; Pittalulu; Pusalollu; Vaghri; Waggai; हक्की पिक्की
People ID 16932
ROP3 Code 112234
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Karnataka
12,000
Tamil Nadu
7,100
Andhra Pradesh
4,700
Telangana
1,400
Puducherry
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Karnataka 12,000
  Tamil Nadu 7,100
  Andhra Pradesh 4,700
  Telangana 1,400
  Puducherry 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Vaagri Booli (11,000 speakers)
Language Code vaa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Telugu
6,100
Kannada
4,800
Marathi
2,100
Hindi
600
Tamil
200
Gondi, Adilabad
90
Konkani
70
Odia
50
Bhili
20
Tulu
20
Punjabi, Eastern Bengali
Malayalam Halbi
Primary Language Vaagri Booli (11,000 speakers)
Language Code vaa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 6,100
  Kannada 4,800
  Marathi 2,100
  Hindi 600
  Tamil 200
  Gondi, Adilabad 90
  Konkani 70
  Odia 50
  Bhili 20
  Tulu 20
  Punjabi, Eastern 10
  Bengali 10
  Malayalam 0
  Halbi 0
People Groups Speaking Vaagri Booli

Primary Language:  Vaagri Booli

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1975)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.81 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.88 %
Islam
0.12 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.17 %
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* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.