The Nagas, with a golden skin, black hair and slanting eyes, are classified as one of the Mongoloid stock and trans-migratory races in India. The Nagas were known for their rich cultural heritages, but their unique history remains unknown to the outside world owing to non exploitation of their cultural history.
The book, a comprehensive one based on oral tradition of fourteen major Naga tribal histories, brings out as to how traditional Naga village institutions were transformed into modernity through the contact of the Western Culture.
The book may be useful for research scholars and students of History and Anthropology and readers interested in the subjects dealt in.
Dr A. Nshoga (b. 1968) obtained his Ph.D. from Nagaland University, Kohima and is presently teaching in Department of History and Archeology at Peren Government College, Peren, and before this assignment he was associated with Zunheboto Government College under the same University. He has contributed many articles in reputed journals and is the co-author of the book Martial Tradition of North-East India.
Migration and Settlement of the Nagas
Chakhesang Migration; Lotha Migration; Angami Migration; Rengma Migration; Konyak Migration; Ao Migration; Khiamniungan Migration; Chang Migration; Sangtam Migration; YimchungrÃ¼ Migration; Zeliang Migration; Pochury Migration; Sema Migration; Phom Migration
Origin of the Name Naga
Formation of Traditional Naga Village
The village; Selection of traditional village; Location of the village; Village boundary demarcation; Nomenclature of the village; Village structure; Defence of the village; Village gate; Log-drum; Bachelor dormitory; Establishment of the village; Distribution and ownership of village land; Village planning; Naga architecture; Village khel; Recognition of a village; Public well; Village granary; Village foot-path; Village reserve forest; Village grave-yard; Sanitation of the village; Sovereignty of Naga village.
Administration and Functions of the Village
The Chief; Powers and position of a chief; Naga polity; Village assembly; Function of village assembly; Executive function; Judicial function; Legislative function; Administrative function
Traditional Naga Village Culture
Early Naga technology; Domestication of animal; Megalith culture; Tattoo; Feast of prestige; Naga festivals; Head-hunting, Disposal of the dead; Naga customary law; Dresses and ornaments
Traditional Naga Beliefs
Traditional Naga Village Economy
Jhum cultivation; Terrace cultivation; Trade and Commerce
Transformation of the Naga Village
Factor of transformation: British annexation of Naga; Hills; Impact of British administration: Transport and Communica-tion; Introduction of modern education; Medical services; Advent of Christianity in the Naga Hills-The Impact of two World Wars: Transformation in social, economic and political life; religion; culture.