‘Fascinating . . .  comprehensive . . . a lesson on how anthropological history ought to be  pursued’

‘A Land of Their Own’ tells us the story of how different groups and actors contributed to the establishment of the autonomous Ho country and thereby enabled the Hos to live in peace and engage with the world of the modern state. Even more fascinating is the story of Samuel Richard Tickell’s life in the midst of the Hos. The two genuinely respected and appreciated each other and shared joys and sorrows. It is a story told from years of painstaking research supported by well documented and comprehensive archival materials. It is a lesson on how anthropological history ought to be  pursued.’

Prof. Virginius Xaxa,  Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and author of State, Society, and Tribes: Issues in Post-Colonial India, New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2008

‘Breathtakingly beautiful plates — and the extended endnotes invite to an intense parallel reading’

‘Your book has arrived and what a beauty it is! I read right through half of the night until three in the morning, and I look forward to continuing. The rich bibliography is complemented by extended endnotes inviting to an intense parallel reading. In the notes, I came across very recent data on genome-wide surveys of human variation in India—which I follow since the article by David Reich in Nature 2009—and its results concerning the Hos. This is an overview I have seen published nowhere else.

The plates are just breathtakingly beautiful.’

Dr. Eva Reichel, Lecturer of Anthropology, Free University Berlin, author of Notions of Life in Death and Dying: The Dead in Tribal Middle India, New Delhi: Manohar, 2009