Dr. Q. Marak

Anthropology Department

Designation: Associate Professor


  • PhD in Anthropology from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong (2010)
  • MA in Anthropology from Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam (2000) securing First Class First position
  • BA (Hons) in Anthropology from Cotton College, under Gauhati University (1997) securing First Class First position; Also adjudged Best Graduate, 1997.

Administrative position(s):

Area of Specialisation

Heritage studies, Northeast Indian prehistory, Food studies

Academic Awards

  • ICSSR post-doctoral initiation programme, 2012
  • UGC-NET and JRF, 2000
  • University Gold medal, 2000
  • Renuka Das memorial Award, 2000
  • Dhiren Sharma memorial Award, 1997
  • B S Guha medal, 1997
  • Janaki Devi Sharma prize, 1997
  • University merit scholarship, 1997
  • University Gold medal, 1997

PhD Guidance

  • Awarded
    Akoijam Milan Meitei: “Megaliths and Jaintia Culture: A Study in Archaeological Anthropology”.

Research Projects


  •  2017-2018: Endangered Material Culture of Garo Hills, Meghalaya. Funding agency: Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI).


  • 2013-2015: Rice and Aba Cha?a: Stories and Practices from Garo Hills, Meghalaya. Funding agency: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
  • 2015-2016: Pottery Making Traditions of Garo Hills, Meghalaya. Funding agency: Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA).
  • 2016-2017: The Garo House: Traditional Craftsmanship and Cultural Expressions. Funding agency: Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA).
  • 2014-2015: Art, Artisans, and Culture: A Study on Garo Traditional Craftsmanship. Funding agency: Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  • 2012-2014: Nude Images of North-East India: Interpreting Verrier Elwin’s Ethnographic Photographs. Funding agency: ICSSR-NERC.


Books Published

  • 2017. Misimagre: A prehistoric factory site from Garo Hills. New Delhi: RIP.
  • 2016. Doing Autoethnography. New Delhi: Serials [Editor]
  • 2014. Food Politics: Studying Food, Identity, and Difference among the Garos. Newcastle, UK: CSP.

Papers in Journals

  1. Marak, Q. 2015. Gendering the Hearth: Studying Aspects of Femininity and Masculinity among the Garos of India. Man and Society, XII (Winter): 41-55.
  2. Marak, Q. 2015. The Gendered Paradoxes of the First Born: An Auto-ethnographical Study of a Matrilineal Society. Oriental Anthropologist, 15(2): 85-95. 
  3. Marak, Q. 2015. Carcasses on Display: A Study of Butchery Stalls in Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Anthropos India, 1(2): 53-71.
  4. Meitei, A. M. and Q. Marak. 2016. Giant Stones: A Study on the Significance of Menhir(s) in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, India. Nrtattv: The Anthropology, 8(10)/9(11): 33-48.
  5. Meitei, A. M and Q. Marak. 2015. A Study of Traditional Mortuary Practices of the Jaintias of Meghalaya, India. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 39: 74-80.
  6. Marak, Q. 2015. Writing the 'Self': Introducing Autoethnography. Man in India, 95 (1): 1-10. ISSN: 0025- 1569.
  7. Marak, Q. 2015. A 'Native' and an Anthropologist: Dilemma and Ethics of Doing Fieldwork. Man in India, 95 (1):  133-143. ISSN: 0025- 1569.
  8. Meitei, A. M and Q. Marak. 2014-15. Megalithic Burial rites of the Niamtre Jaintias of Meghalaya. Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology,  Gauhati University, Vol. XVI: 30-41.
  9. Meitei, A. M and Q. Marak. 2013. The Megalithic Burial Tradition in Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya. Frontier Anthropology, 2:19-34.
  10. Tangvah, K and Q. Marak. 2015. The Making of Nungbi Ham: A Study of Nungbi Pottery of Manipur, India. Humankind, 11: 145-64.
  11. Doisiammoi and Q. Marak. 2015-16. Drug Ethnography: Problems of Doing Fieldwork among tribal women in Manipur, India.  Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University, XVII: 40-49.
  12. Marak, Q. 2014. Much more than taste: The story of kharchi and its usage among the Garos. Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University, 42: 53-66.
  13. Meitei, A. M and Q. Marak. 2014-15. Megalithic Burial rites of the Niamtre jaintias of Meghalaya. Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology,  Gauhati University, Vol. XVI: 30-41.
  14. Meitei, A. M and Q. Marak. 2013. The Megalithic Burial Tradition in Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya. Frontier Anthropology, 2:19-34.
  15. Neli, V and Q. Marak. 2015. Brewing Rice Beer: Traditional Knowledge Systems of the Adi Padams of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Bulletin of Department of Anthropology Gauhati University, 2014-2015. Vol. XV:67-77.
  16. Chongloi, S and Q. Marak. 2015. Rang Taiba's Stone: A Study of a Megalith in Maram Khullen, Manipur, India. Antrocom, 11(1):97-104.
  17. Bhuyan, G and Q. Marak. 2014. The Palaeolithic Stone Age Conundrum in North-East India: A Review. Nrtattv, The Anthropology, 4 (6): 67-81. ISSN: 2249-9830.
  18. Humtsoe, C and Q. Marak. 2014. Naga 'Ethnic' Food: History, Traditional KNowledge System and Cultural Meanings. Nrtattv, The Anthropology, 4 (6): 82-92. ISSN: 2249-9830.
  19. Kithan, L. N and Q. Marak. 2014. Child Rearing Practices of the Bhoi-Khasis of Umden, Ri-Bhoi District of Meghalaya. Voice of Intellectual Man, 4(1): 25-36. ISSN: 2231-6914.
  20. Marak, Q. 2014. Indigenous Rice: Development Initiatives and Change among the Garos of Assam, India. South Asian Anthropologist, 14(1): 59-67. ISSN: 0257-7348.
  21. John, S. S. and Q. Marak. 2013. The Aravan Cult: Living Traditions of Transgenders in Tamil Nadu. Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 48(3): 231-244. ISSN: 0019-4387.
  22. Marak, Q. 2013. Prehistoric Migrations and India's North-east: the Garo and Khasi Hills Dilemma. Journal of the Asiatic Society, LV (3&4): 72-94. ISSN: 0368-3308.
  23. Marak, Q and J. Kalita. 2013. Indigenous Knowledge Systems associated with Hunting among the Padams of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Antrocom Online Journal of Anthropology, 9(2): 237-45. ISSN: 1973-2880.
  24. Meitei, A. M. and Q. Marak. 2013. A Study on Megalithic Burial Stones from Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. South Asian Anthropologist, 13(2): 157-66. ISSN: 0257-7348.
  25. Soanes, R and Q. Marak. 2013. The clan system in a matrilineal society: Its organization, importance and function. The Oriental Anthropologist, 13 (1): 99-110. ISSN: 0972-558X.
  26. Marak, Q. 2012. Megaliths, Types, and Its Living Traditions among the Jaintias of Northeastern India. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 32: 45-53. ISSN: 1835-1794.
  27. Marak, Q. 2012.  Are Daughters Preferred in a Matrilineal Society? A Case Study of the Garos from Assam. The Anthropologist, 14 (1): 49-56. ISSN: 0972- 0073.
  28. Marak, Q. 2012.  A Note on Kinship Studies in North-East India. South Asian Anthropologist, 12 (1): 61-69. ISSN: 0257-7348.
  29. Marak, Q. 2012. Culture Change and Continuity among the Tribal Communities in North-East India: An Overview. Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 47(2): 153-166. ISSN: 0019-4387.
  30. Marak, Q and Jangkhomang.  2012. Matriliny and megalithic practices of the Jaintias of Meghalaya. Indian Anthropologist, 42(2):67-82. ISSN: 0970-0927.
  31. Marak, Q and Jangkhomang. 2012. The "Sacred Stones" of Nangbah: A Post-Processual Cultural Interpretation of Megaliths. Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature, 1 (2): 62-77. ISSN: 2277-842X.
  32. Marak, Q and S. Ghimire. 2012. How Sacred are Khloo Blai? A Look into the Pnar Jaintia Concept of Sacred Groves. The Eastern Anthropologist, 65(3): 339-354. ISSN: 0012-8686.
  33. Marak, Q. 2011. Changing Dimensions of Rice in Garo Foodways. Voice of Intellectual Man, 1(1): 1-12. ISSN: 2231-6914.
  34. Marak, Q. 2011. Revisiting Playfair’s The Garos: A Century Later. Man in India, 91 (3 & 4): 517-29. ISSN: 0025- 1569.
  35. Marak, Q. 2011. Stone Age Archaeology in the Garo Hills: Some Issues. Proceedings of North East India History Association, 31st Session, pg. 393-404.
  36. Marak, Q. 2010. Jagua Nakam: a look into its properties, and its revelations on Garo Lifeways. Antrocom Online Jounal of Anthropology, 6(2): 227-34. ISSN: 1973-2880.
  37. Marak, Q. 2010. Sex Typing of Children's Tasks: A Study among the Garos of Assam. The Oriental Anthropologist, 10(2): 301-10. ISSN: 0972-558X.
  38. Marak, Q and T. Khawzawl. 2010. Role and Status of Sakachep Women: A Look into their Self-Help Groups. South Asian Anthropologist, 10(2): 153-58. ISSN: 0257-7348.
  39. Marak, Q. 2009. Comfort Food: Its Significance in Garo Society. Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology Dibrugarh University, 37: 145-48. ISSN: 0976- 2264.
  40. Marak, Q. 2006. Discipline in Child Rearing Process: A Case Study among the Garos of Assam. In A. K. Haldar and P. K. Bhowmick (ed). Societies and Culture in India, Vol I (Tribal Issues). Kolkata: R. N. Bhattacharya. pp. 295-304.
  41. Marak, Q. 2005. The Use of Analogy in the Interpretation of Prehistoric Cultures. A Study among the Garos of Garo Hills, Meghalaya. South Asian Anthropologist, 5 (2): 167-72. ISSN: 0257-7348.
  42. Medhi, B. K and Q. Marak. 2005. Some beliefs connected with child-rearing among the Garos of Assam. Man in India, 85(3-4): 283-89. ISSN: 0025- 1569.
  43. Marak, Q. 2004. Supernatural beliefs connected with Childbirth among the Garos of Assam. The Oriental Anthropologist, 4(2): 186-90. ISSN: 0972-558X.
  44. Hazarika, R and Q. Marak. 2002. Subsistence Strategies of the Garos of Garo Hills. Journal of North East India Council of Social Science Research, 26 (1): 35-43. ISSN: 0970- 7913.
  45. Medhi, B.K and Q. Marak. 2002. Child-Rearing Practices among the Garo of Assam in Matrilineal Context. The Eastern Anthropologist, 55 (1): 81-87. ISSN: 0012-8686.
  46. Medhi, B. K and Q. Marak. 2001. Child Rearing Practice among the Plain Dwelling Garos of Goalpara District, Assam. Man and Life, 27 (3 & 4): 213-22. ISSN: 0972-4109.

Chapters in Edited Books

  1. Marak, Q. 2017. People, Societies and Cultures in Meghalaya: A review of anthropological researches from the beginning to recent times. In  K. Jose and B. Das (Eds.), Social Science Researches in North East India. Guwahati: DVS, 288-312.
  2. Marak, Q. 2016. Of Gods and Goddesses: Agricultural Rituals of the Garos of Meghalaya. In R. Khongsdier and S. Sengupta (Eds.), People of North East India: Bio-Cultural Dimensions. Delhi: Kalpaz Publications, 183-200.
  3. Marak, Q. 2015. Preservatives. The Sage Encyclopaedia of Food Issues, Volume 3. Ed. Ken Albala. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.pg.1158-1161.
  4. Marak, Q. 2015. Pest Control. The Sage Encyclopaedia of Food Issues, Volume 3. Ed. Ken Albala. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.pg. 1130-1133.
  5. Marak, Q. and J. Kalita. 2017. Hunting Ethnography: Narratives of Hunting from Bolung Village, Arunachal Pradesh. In S. Sengupta (Ed.), Contemporary Anthropological Research in Eastern and North Eastern India. New Delhi: Gyan, 101-114.
  6. Marak, Q. 2015. 'Keeping House' and 'Herding Cows': Games played by Garo children. Contemporary Society: Tribal Studies, Vol. 10: Tribal Children and their Childhood. Ed. D. K. Behera. New Delhi: Concept Pub., pg. 196-210.
  7. MarakQ. 2015. Megaliths and Living Cultural Traditions. In S. Sengupta (ed.), Explorations in Anthropology of North East India. New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, pp. 31-51. 
  8. Marak, Q. 2014. Experimenting with Stone Tools: The Garo Neoliths. In T. Jamir and  M. Hazarika (eds), 50 Years After Daojali Hading: Emerging Perspectives in the Archaeology of Northeast India. New Delhi: Research India Press, pg. 182-191. ISBN: 978-81-89131-90-6.
  9. Marak, Q. 2013. Cultural Ecology of Shifting Cultivation in Garo Hills, Meghalaya. In S. K. Singh and S. A. Lyngdoh (eds.), Linguistic Ecology: Meghalaya. Guwahati: EBH Publication, pg. 277-90. ISBN: 978-93-80261-96-6.
  10. Marak, Q. 2012. Megaliths of North East India. In T. B. Subba (ed.), North-East India: A Handbook of Anthropology. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, pp. 34-53. ISBN: 978-81-250-4555-7.

Organized Seminars/Workshops

  • Workshop on Living Traditions of Pottery in Garo Hills, Meghalaya on 8-9th December, 2015 at District Museum, Tura in collaboration with District Museum, Tura and supported by ICSSR-NERC, Shillong. Budget: ICSSR-NERC: 0.60L.
  • National workshop on Lithics: Issues and Problems on 3-5th November, 2011. Organized by Department of Anthropology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, and sponsored by NEHU, Shillong, NEC, Shillong and ICSSR-NERC Shillong. Budget: NEC: 1L, ICSSR-NERC: 0.75L, NEHU: 0.35L.
  • National Workshop on Multi-Disciplinary Survey, Research, and Documentation of Rock Art in North-East India held on 1st and 2nd December 2014 at NEHU, Shillong. Organised by Department of Anthropology, NEHU and AITS, RGU, Itanagar in collaboration with Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Budget: LKA - 4.5L.

Papers Presented in Seminars/Conferences/Workshops

  1. "Gods and Goddesses of the Fields: Understanding Rituals and Practices of the Garos". National Seminar on Cultural Heritage of Meghalaya held on 21st & 22nd March 2017, organised by Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal at IGRMS, Bhopal.
  2. "The Relevance of Mahari: A Look at the Present Status of Garo matriliny". National seminar on North East Since 1947 with Special Reference to Society, Economy and Polity in Meghalaya  held on 16th & 17th March 2017 organised by Department of Political Science, NEHU, Shillong and Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change, Guwahati at ICSSR-NERC conference Hall, NEHU Campus.
  3. "The Language of the Spirits: Understanding its Symbolism through the Garo World View". National Workshop on Translating the Oral Resources of some Oral Communities in North-East India organised by the Departments of English and Khasi, NEHU, Shillong; ICSSR-NERC, Shillong and SHABDANA, the Centre for Translation, Sahitya Akademi, Bangalore on 24th & 25th February, 2017 at New Guest House, NEHU, Shillong.
  4. "Prehistory of Jaintia Hills". National Symposium on Archaeological Researches in Northeast India: Recent Trends and Future Prospects on 25th November 2016 organised by Archaeological Survey of India, Guwahati Circle and Department of Archaeology, Cotton College State University at Vivekananda Kendra, Guwahati.
  5. "Megaliths of Jaintia Hills: A Living Tradition". National Seminar on Recent Trends in Archaeology of Assam: From Prehistoric period onwards at Haflong Government College, on 20th November 2016 on the occasion of World Heritage Week, 2016 (19th November to 25th November 2016). It was organized by the Directorate of Archaeology, Assam in collaboration with Haflong Government College, Haflong, Dima Hasao District of Assam.
  6. "Of the People and by the People: Working towards a Bottom-UP Cultural Model for Sustainability". International Colloquium on Value-based Approach to Sustainable Development organized by International Centre for North East Studies, Synod College, Shillong from 15th-17th November 2016, at Synod College, Shillong.
  7. "Intangible Cultural Heritage". UGC-HRDC 36th Orientation Programme on 20th June 2016. 
  8. "Women and Clay: Studying the craft of Pottery among the Garos of Meghalaya". National seminar on Gender and Folklore in Northeast India: Beliefs and Practices organised by Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, NEHU, Shillong on 30-31st March 2016.
  9. "Priest as Medium: A case study of the Mi Amua Ritual in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya". National seminar on Oral and Textual traditions of North East India organized by AITS, Rajiv Gandhi University and IGNCA, New Delhi at AITS, RGU on 28-30 March, 2016.
  10. "Cultural Resource Management". UGC-HRDC 34th Orientation Programme on 17th February 2016. 
  11. “Pottery Traditions of Garo Hills, Meghalaya: Present-Past Continuum”. International Conference on Oral Traditions: Continuity and Transformations in Northeast India and Southeast Asia organized by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Ambedkar University, Delhi at Shillong from 1st - 4th February, 2016.
  12. "In Health and Sickness: Exploring the Concept of Soul in Disease Causation among the Garos". National Seminar on Folk Medicine and Traditional Healing in India: Theory and Practice organized by the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, NEHU, Shillong on 26-27th March, 2015.
  13. Mi Amua: A Study on Ritual Arts of the Garos of Meghalaya, India”. National Seminar on People’s Art of North East India: History, Identity and Emerging Realities organised by IGRMS, Bhopal in collaboration with Department of Anthropology, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) from 5th - 7th March 2014 at RGU campus.
  14. “Food Tasks and Food Allocation: A Case Study of a Matrilineal Society”.  IUAES Congress held from 5th - 10th August 2013 at Manchester University, UK.
  15. “Studying the Self: The Dilemma and Ethics of Doing Auto-Ethnography in the Native Context”. IUAES Congress held from 5th - 10th August 2013 at Manchester University, UK.
  16. “The Loss of Inheritance: the Case of the Matrilineal Garos”. National Seminar on Socio-Political Dynamics in Northeast India organised by Political Science department, NEHU, Shillong on March 25-26, 2013 at ICSSR-NERC.
  17. "The Dilemma of Traditional Food: The Case of the Garos of Assam and Bangladesh". International seminar on Trans-Border Communities and Cultures in Asia: Issues and Perspectives organised by Anthropological Survey of India in collaboration with IGRMS, Bhopal from 23rd - 25th Feb, 2013.
  18. “Displayed Carcasses: A Visual Impact of Shillong’s Butchery Stalls”. Conference of Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth held at JNU, New Delhi from 3rd - 6th April 2012.
  19. “The Sacred Stones of Nangbah: A Post-Processual Approach to Megaliths”. International Symposium on Global Issues organized by Department of Anthropology, Delhi University from 1st to 3rd April, 2012.
  20. “Cultural Dynamics of Slash-and-Burn Cultivation: The Case of the Garos of Assam”. International seminar on Natural Resources and Rural Livelihoods among Tribes in Hilly Areas, held in NEHU campus, Shillong organized by Department of Geography, NEHU Shillong from March 22-24, 2012.
  21. “Prehistoric Migrations in India’s North East: The Garo and Khasi Hills Dilemma”.  International seminar on Human Origin and Population Migrations held in Kolkata organized by Asiatic Society of Bengal on 7th -9th December 2011.
  22. “The Garo Hearth: Deconstructing Concepts of Femininity and Masculinity among the Garos”. National Seminar on Feminization of Culture organized by ICSSR-NERC, Shillong and AITS, RGU at ICSSR-NERC on 26-27, April 2011.
  23. “Traditional versus Non-Traditional Rice: Issues Developing due to Government Initiatives”. National Seminar on Development and Ecology organized by Department of Sociology, NEHU, Shillong on 21-22, March 2011 at NEHU, Shillong.
  24. “Changing Dimensions of Rice in Garo Foodways”. Inter-Congress in Anthropology organized by INCAA and AnSI, Kolkata on 21-23, February 2011 at AnSI, Kolkata. 
  25. “Stone Age Archaeology in the Garo Hills: Some Issues and Prospects”. 31st Annual Session of NEIHA held on 14-16, February 2011 at Don Bosco College, Tura.
  26. “Use of Analogy in the Interpretation of Prehistoric Cultures: A Study among the Garos of Garo Hills, Meghalaya”. 1st Indian Anthropological Congress organized by INCAA at Department of Anthropology, NEHU, Shillong on 25-27, March 2004.
  27. “Prehistoric Cultural Antiquities of Garo Hills - its importance and Significance”. National Seminar on Cultural Mapping of Garo Hills held at Department of Garo, NEHU, Tura Campus, organized by NEHU on 23-24, May 2003.

Chairing of Panel

  • Chaired the session on “Ethnicity and Environment” in the National Seminar on North East Umbrella: Environment-Cultural Interaction and the Tribes in the Region on 29- -30th May 2014, held in Union Christian College, Umiam Khwan, Meghalaya, sponsored by ICSSR-NERC and UGC.
  • Discussant for panel LD03 “Health and emerging regional demographic trends” in 6 day IUAES Congress held from 5-10th August 2013 at Manchester University, UK
  • Chaired panel G05: “Doing Autoethnography: A Practice of Realist Ethnography or Rewriting Memory?” in 6 day IUAES Congress held from 5-10th August 2013 at Manchester University, UK.

Invited Lectures

  1. Resource person at the Capacity Building Programme on Cultural Resource Management at RGU, Itanagar organized by AITS in collaboration with IGNCA on 9th-12th February, 2015. Presented two lectures “Salvaging the Past: CRM and Archaeology” and “CRM, Public and Anthropology”.
  2. Presented a talk on “Garo culture” in the Regional Programme on Tribal and Folk Culture as a part of 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda on 11-3-2013 organised by Ramakrishna Mission, Shillong. 
  3. Resource person in the seminar on Folklore of Meghalaya organized by All India Radio Shillong at Don Bosco Youth Centre Shillong on 9th March 2012. Presented a lecture on “Rongpra: The Story and Practice”.
  4. Delivered video lectures in IGNOU on 31st January 2012. Delivered two lectures titled, “Neolithic Cultures in India” and “Dating Methods in Anthropology”.

Workshops/ Refresher Courses attended

  • 21 days Summer School held at NEHU by UGC-Human Resource Development Centre (Formerly UGC-Academic Staff College), North-Eastern Hill University from 6th - 26th July, 2015.
  • Workshop on Experimental Lithic Knapping & Microwear Studies from 15th March to 23rd March, 2014 at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Kohima, Nagaland. Organised by the Department of History & Archaeology, Nagaland University, Kohima campus, Meriema in joint collaboration with the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi.
  • Attended a 3 day workshop on Anthropology and Museums from 4th - 6th October 2012 held at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalay, Bhopal.
  • Refresher Course in Anthropology conducted by the Department of Anthropology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong from 3rd - 25th October, 2005.
  • Refresher Course in Anthropology conducted by the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugrah University, from 3rd - 24th March, 2003.
  • Workshop entitled, “Women in Governance” held in November, 2003.
  • Orientation Course in Research Methodology for Social Sciences 19th - 30th November, 2001.