There cannot be a better friend than the Naga once he identifies his friend; there cannot be a worse foe than the Naga once he feels deceived or let down. If you are a music lover and keen to witness the music festival, my recommendation would be to stay put in Dimapur for a couple of days to attend the rock show and then proceed to Kohima and Kisama for the Hornbill festival. In this climate, at lower altitudes, temperatures remain high throughout the year. The summer monsoon is strong which generally lasts from June to October. Meats are mostly cooked with fermented yam, chilies or soybean paste. It marks the ending of the sowing season and the beginning of a new harvesting season.
The womenfolk and men folk heartily participate in eating, dancing, drinking and singing warrior songs. Earlier it was held in Kohima. The People Nagas are usually of sub-medium height. It can be used either for throwing or for thrusting. An old world charm exists as the long-houses are very traditional, constructed in ancient Konyak way of using palm leaves roofing and jutted main pillars.
The region is primarily hilly and has a pleasant climate all through the year. After breakfast, explore the nearby villages of Ao tribe. Memba Tribes The Memba tribe live in Arunachal Pradesh. The Nagas have no idols and they do not believe in image or idol worship. Bhils Tribes They are the largest tribes of South Asia 9. The hill tribes in the areas now known as Nagaland had no generic term applicable to the whole race. I traveled to Nagaland in the first week of December last year to explore Nagaland and to witness its very popular Hornbill Festival.
The festival is divided into two parts Big Yemshe and Small Yemshe. We learned about Angami Naga tribe and village life, cultivation practices, cooking methods, and housing while stopping by at various points including a terrace for a nice rooftop view of the entire village. Jorhat quite simply means two markets, back in the 18th century there were two markets on either sides of the Bhogdoi River which flows through Jorhat. He later inaugurated stalls exhibiting and selling local products and delicacies. Various local and international rock bands make their presence felt at this festival.
Occasionally, the arrows are accurately balanced by fixing a few leaves or feathers in the slit at the rear ends. Phom District : Longleng 6. Shifting cultivation, locally known as jhuming, is widely practised in Nagaland. The village council is an important socio-political organization. This brew is symbolic of all hilly regions of India that cultivate rice where it is known by different names. I strolled around the festival grounds and this gentleman stood with stoic mannerisms when I pressed the shutter.
Some of them trekked along the Brahmaputra into the present Arunachal Pradesh and some of them pushed to Myanmar Burma and Indonesia. The topography of the region consists of remote mountains that are a sub-part of the Himalayan Range. This means that the Government is building living spaces for the Naga tribes. The dancers dress themselves in Ascunyi Ribbon like head dress , Akhi Armlet , Kiileniinyi Long mekhala wrapped from the chest to the calf , Achulhre worn round the waist , Akhusa Bangle worn on forearm and Asker necklaces. Tiza is the carnelian beads which makes up the central part of a Tida, a necklace worn by the women of most Naga tribes. Their secular chiefs, priests, and village council give the impression that their organization and administration are politically quite democratic, religiously secular, legally effective and militarily alert and prepared against any military adventure.
Apart from cultural unity the main purpose behind the festival was to facilitate tourists to witness all the Naga festivals at a time in one place. This festival is very significant in the tribal communities as it is observed prior to the sowing of seeds for the year. This Naga city is named after Narra trees, in Bikol Narra is known as Naga. Damant had Manipur Dictionary and a paper on Angami Nagas, but the Nagas destroyed in the Kohima stockade. The Sankarni festival is celebrated for a period of one week with enormous fun and gaiety. Each region has its own variety of produce. Rather than promoting different regions of this hilly State, the festival brings all of them together on a single platform and let the world interact with them.
Traveling to Nagaland for the Festival The average traveler thinks at least twice before visiting North East India. The women are short and stout and fairer in complexion. There are common morungs in which the boys and girls sleep in the night and learn the art of marriage. The State Museum is another interesting attraction which exhibits a rare collection of tribal artifacts of different tribes which portrays their history and indigenous culture. Most of the Nagas are engaged in agriculture and forestry, followed by the tertiary and secondary activities respectively. Adi Tribes The Adi, or Bokar Lhoba people is a major collective tribe living in the Himalayan hills of Arunachal Pradesh, and they are found in the temperate and sub-tropical regions within the districts of East Siang, Upper Siang, West Siang and Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit.
Go on a day trip to Benreu 2hrs , village of Zeliangrong tribe. Naga Meals These traditional Naga meals are available at various Morung stalls during the festival. It could be drawn from the stories and news we get from media. Sometimes a number of villages pooled their manpower and forces against a common enemy and all these men acted under the leadership of one leader. As they were originally maintained as single units protected from enemy attacks and were fortified from all sides using various kinds of material such as stones, bamboos, and pegs.
Hospitality of the Tribe These tribes had been maintaining their own life and tradition, different to other race. One can also try the interesting bitter honey of Benreu, which is made from the hive Teliane bee and has medicinal properties. A good opportunity to observe the Konyak lifestyle, tribal arts and crafts. Haha thinking that the camera is the other way! There are 14 major Naga tribes that include Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khemungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sema, Yimchunger and Zeliang. Smith a missionary and Sociologist traced the origin of Nagas to the southward movement through Brahmaputra valley.