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.

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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.

 
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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.

 
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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,.

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

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

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Some smoke opium along with singing psalms.

 
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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.

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

 
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Children are joking about foreigners.


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