The paper attempts to explain the adaptive practices of Sugali tribe of Andhra Pradesh,
South India. In the process of adaptation, Sugalis experienced various social, cultural, and
economic systems/influences that have altered their traditional institutions. These further
provided a way to analyse and address inter-linking concepts and terms concerning traditions,
which are directly or indirectly related to Sugalis. The influence of outside culture brought
a major change in their societal set-up. Thus, we look at Sugalis as a community with
heterogeneous characteristics, who experienced all these inter-linked and intra-linked
changes in their life courses. Thus, cultural effects on them made them invent new ideas that
lead to a further complicated and more marginalized and under-privileged situation.
Sugali, livelihoods, socio-cultural dynamics, adaptations, traditional institutions,
cultural effect, South India.