An image from 1870s\nNov 29th, 2010\nAm setting out to explore Nagaland \u2013 home to over 20 distinct tribes characterised by two intriguing lifetsyles: headhunting and minimal clothing.\nThis beautiful state with a gorgeous culture also been the location of many pivotal moments in history.\n\nThe Hornbill festival is more of a tourism fest than a social / religious fest. Sixteen tribes gather at Kohima and celebrate their art and culture\u00a0 in Kisama, situated on the outskirts of this modern city.\n***\nPlanning the logistics has not been too easy as travel within the North East of India is restricted and requires a permit. Further, hotels are booked out months in advance for the hornbill festival.\nI was fortunate to have friends in the region, who offered to make all the travel and accommodation arrangements and made this trip possible.\n***\nDec 10th, 2010\nThis is the best cultural trip I have ever made! I wish I could stop the whole world, and make them see the wonderful place that Nagaland is. A place where the purity of the tribal culture remains unadulterated even as Pink Floyd is sung to perfection by the local bands!\nThis has been the most\u00a0extravagant feast of my life \u2013 textiles, jewelry, lifestyles, habits, gorgeous women and handsome men, and finally rustic primitive dances and music!\n***\nAlthough the experience was an integrated confluence of several separate domains, for the sake of organised writing, I have split it up into the following threads:\nNaga Lifestyle\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) \n\nI hope that through these articles, the hornbill calls out to you loud enough to sit up and take notice of Nagaland \u2013 easily one of the most interesting states of India!\njm\ndec 2010\nThe post Nagaland Diaries appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.