Indian Museum, Kolkata : Virtual Exhibitions The Art of the Nagas

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  The Art of the Nagas

The Nagas, inhabit a narrow strip of the mountainous region between the Brahmaputra valley of Assam and the neighbouring Burma, the hilly areas of northern and eastern Manipur and a part of the Kachar Hills of Assam. Linguistically the Nagas belong to the Tibeto-Burman language group. The Nagas are the most numerous tribal group of north eastern India. It is composed of fourteen major tribes: Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khiemnungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Rengama, Sangtam, Sema, Yimchunger, Zeliangrong, Kuki and several subtribes. Negaland is basically governed by an agricultural economy; about 90 per cent of the population depend on the produce of their fields for their livelihood. Heavy rainfall facilitates intensive agricultural activities. Rice, maize, millet, Jobís tears (Coix lacrima-jobi) and potatoes are the main crops.