The Node Tribe is a Muslim community found in the state of Gujarat in India and a province of Sindh in Pakistan. They are believed to be one of a number of communities of pastoral nomads discovered in the Banni region of Kutch. The community is also termed as Nodi or Nodhi
History of Node Tribe
Prior to their settlement in the region of Kutch, they spent some time in Sindh province, a few members of this community are still found there. Among the Banni Maldharis, they are distinctive in not claiming Rajput ancestry.
The community is found primarily in Kutch District, with few also discovered in the Jamnagar District of Saurashtra. They speak a dialect of Kutchi, with substantial Sindhi loan words. The community is endogamous, but does marry with other Samma communities, such as the Sameja. They are categorized into a number of clans, the main ones being the Palli, Uttal, Moora, Rav, Arbab, Deshar, Saad, Hola, Amar, Bavu, Visa, Dora, Jaras, Borath, Bhooth, Bambia, Numria and Otha. They do not practice clan exogamy as rule, but each clan is of equal status, and do intermarry.
The Node is a community of Maldhari cattle breeders. In addition to cattle breeding, the Node is also cultivators, and landless agricultural laborers. Like other Kutchi communities, many of them have shifted to other parts of India in search of employment. Like several Gujarati Muslims, they have a caste association, the Node Jamat, which is responsible for the welfare of the community.