The Konyak Tribe in Nagaland

Konyaks occupy the territory close to both sides of the Indo-Myanmar border. These photos are taken in the Mon province in Nagaland, India.


The Konyak people have a reputation of being main head hunters in Nagaland. I'd like to believe that now they hunt only animal prey. These are hard to be seen at all, by the way — I have neither seen a single bird in the sky, nor heard birds' chirp even once for the whole week I was there, in the countryside.


Among other tribes of Nagaland Konyaks are distinguished by their tattoos.The right to have a tattoo was earned by bringing a cut enemy's head to the village.


This ancient lady was sunbathing near the village chief's house. As our local guide told us, she was a concubine of the previous chief,.


It is only elderly and young people who are at home during daytime.


A grandfather with his grandson welcomes guests in the common area of the house.


Evening gathering in the common area of the house. It's very cold and humid after the sunset in the winter. The walls of a bamboo house are very thin and let the air inside. That's why sitting by the fire is exactly what one needs.


They all have an ear for music. They have excellent voices. They really enjoy singing psalms to the guitar. 90% of the Nagaland population is Christian.


Some smoke opium along with singing psalms.


The chief of Longwa village has been sick for the last 2 months — since his brother's death who was buried just next to the house. The chief collects «entrance fee to the village» from tourists. And decorates himself for the photo.


The grave of the Longwa chief's brother, next to the chief's house.


Children are joking about foreigners.

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