Didayees are the important tribal
race. These people have rich heritage. They
said to be the progency of Bondas. Thurston
holds the view that the Didayis are part of
the Paraja tribe. Dr. Elwin quoting a Bonda
myth says “The eldest brother was a Bhoi
Gadava, the next an Asur Gadava and the remaining
ten Kondo, Bondo, Didayi etc.”.
The relationship of the Didayis of the Bonda, Paraja
and the Gadava is very intimate and matrimonial relationships
between the Didayi and others, though clandestine in
nature, are not found wanting. In spite of all these
they maintain their distinctive identity and cannot
be regarded as a part of any tribe.
They have been enlisted as a scheduled tribe. Didayees
are setteled in Malkangiri on the both sides of the
river Machhakunda in the centre of Kandakamberu Hills.
Didayees live in five panchayat of Kudumulugumma Panchayat
Samiti. Didayees have their own langauge. They live
in houses made of wood and bambo. They color the walls
of the houses. Thier houses are very neat anc clean,
hunting, fishing and cultivation are the main occupation
of Didayees. They are very religious in faith. The cultural
life, hospitality and method of treatment of deases
are most praise worthy. For the development of Didayees
there is a Didayee Development
Organisation formed by the Government is working here.