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Konyak : The Warrior of Nagaland

Domain:Social practices, rituals and festive events

State: Nagaland


The video is a presentation on the Konyak tribe of Nagaland. The film shows us glimpses of their village lifestyle, traditions, customs and belief systems. The film documents the life of the largest tribal group in Nagaland who are also found in the adjoining territories of Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. The Konyaks are settled in around hundred villages in the Mon district of Nagaland. The Konyaks are traditional hunters and warriors of Nagaland but now their main occupation is agriculture. A distinct group of Konyaks are easily recognized by their tattooed faces. In the past the Konyaks were renowned headhunters, they would often carry back the heads of their rivals as war trophy. They are skilled artisans and are experts in the art of making firearms and handicrafts like basket making, bamboo works and weaving. The Konyaks also have institutions of learning like the morung of other Naga tribes.