\n\n\nPineapple plantation\nBuddies chatting on a \u2018puliya\u2019\n\nLocal Backpacks\nDimapur market: Small intertwining lanes that would challenge the map-drawers skills; Shops spilling out onto the streets with wares stacked in sacks and baskets on the road.\nSalesmen-owners sitting on a makeshift arrangement outside the store, crowding up the space for pedestrian-shoppers. The road holds enough space for 3 humans to stand alongside each other, with enough room for a dog or goat or an occasional bicycle. Color, noise and smells ambush the senses and drown out any semblance of order, and the brain of the casual visitor is forced to be on high-alert at all times.\nExactly the same as any market in any city in small town\u00a0 \u2013 Agra or Meerut or Panaji \u2013 a complete experiential feast!\nIn Dimapur, live silkworms caterpillars and pupa are sold as food items, alongside dried eel and little frogs and snails of all kinds\u2026.\n\nRound snails\nSpiral snails\n \nSilkworm Larvae for snacks\nAnd silk worm pupa for snacks\nDried eels \n\n\u201cRaj Mircha\u201d \u2013 the king of chillies \u2013 and one of the hottest in the world grows in Nagaland\n\n\n***\nI used to think that the oriental features came from the proximity to China, but after seeing enough local faces, it is clear that this is the Japanese influence.\nIn WWII, the Japanese had reached Kohima, and were defeated by the British at Kohima.\nThe inscriptions on the gravestones of the British soldiers who at Kohima made me cry. It did not matter that these men were from an alien nation or that they lived and died so long ago. The grief of the people they loved and left behind, contained in the inscribed words, travelled across history to touch me. A photoessay on these stones is posted here.\n***\nCane and Bamboo play a prominent role in the lives of Nagas:\n\n\nTrash can\n\nBamboo walls \u2013 perfect for the earthquake prone region\nThe local dress \u2013 Mekhla -Chador\n\nTribal shawls in a city store\n(More about tribal textiles in a separate article dedicated to Naga textiles & jewelry)\nA local store\nA local resident\nLocal transport\nLocal Menu \u2026note the interesting \u201cWild Squirrel\u201d and \u201cWild Rat\u201d \nWild Squirrel / Wild Rat curry \nCloseup\nBanana Tree Pith curry\nMy friends \u2013 the restaurateurs\nI sampled the \u2018Anishi\u2019 curry made with fermented Yam leaves offered to me by a friend from the Ao tribe. A new flavor, a new experience for my tastebuds!\n\n \nThe Napfa flower spice \u2013 a key ingredient\n\nLocal Kitchen\n\n \nCutting Supari\nTaamul, the raw supari offered to guests as a token of hospitality, is a potent stimulant and is consumed almost constantly, in small portions by all.\n\nRice Wine\nTraditional Bamboo Mug for rice wine\nSmoking some herbs\u2026 (that are less harmful than tobacco)\n\nLiquid container\n\nLocal band singing Pink Floyd to perfection!\nRoof with signature tribal trimmings\n\n\n\nHome decor\nGrinding grain\nThe amazing all-natural raincoat\nRaincoat insides\nAt the festival, a raffle draw offers the grand prize of 3 bisons\u2026. am totally smitten by every single thing on offer here!\n\nThe omnipresent paramilitary \nOther articles on Naga costumes / textiles/ jewelry and on Naga dance and music performances are given below:\nTraditional Naga Bamboo Climbing and Fire Making\nNaga Textiles Part I: Red, White and Black \u2013 Tribal Textiles of Nagaland (published on Jozan)\nNaga Textiles Part II: Tribal Textile and Bead Art of Nagaland \nNaga Dance, Music performances \nTears in Kohima\nNaga Portraits (professional quality images) \njm\nDec 12th 2010\n\n\n\nThe post Naga lifestyle appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.