how did colonial rule affect tribal lives?
Primarily, British policy focused on consolidation which affected the tribal understanding of life. Tribal customs and more importantly their societal dynamics regarding tribal structure and livelihood means were altered greatly. Since the British were weary of a nomadic lifestyle especially in regards to tribal cultivation and forest rights, they sought to rework these fundamental forces to greatly alter these societies. Subsequently, hierarchies were altered and land rights were turned into economic incentives, i.e. villages setup to ensure labor for the forest department.