Nagas are numerous ethnic people indigenous to the north-east Indian states like Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and north-western region of Myanmar which includes Naga Self-Administered Zone of Myanmar, Sagaing Division and Kachin State. These people have parallel beliefs and ethnicities.
Utmost Nāgas habitat are small villages intentionally located on hillsides close to water bodies. Shifting cultivation (jhūm) is normally employed here. But, a lot of tribes do terracing. The main staples are Rice and millet. Artistic and industrial work comprise weaving on simple tension looms and timber carving. Nāga fishermen are well-known for the using intoxicants to catch fish.
Historically, the term Naga is not native to the existing Naga folks. It was assumed by Shan/Ahom individuals as per existing reliable documents. The naked Nagas (Konyak Nagas) term given by Christopher Von Haimendorf and Kacha Nagas (Zeliang Nagas) is a tarnished arrangement of Angami language for Ketsa (forest) folks for Zeliang Nagas by strangers.
Diverse concepts and estimations are given to clarify the basis of the usage of Naga to the current Naga folks living in the Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Naga hills of Manipur, Assam and Myanmar due to absence of certain past record. Regrettably, till currently there is no education curriculum in universities and schools. Unawareness is still extensively present between the Nagas together with as well as literate ones. From the obtainable situations, numerous scientific and past writings counting oral custom of neighbouring non-Naga peoples, it is honestly sure that the term Naga was not practical to the current Naga folks up until 19th CE. The term ‘Kha’ was denoted to Naga tribes such as Heimi and Lanong of Myanmar in the 18th CE by Shan and Khachin individuals.
The Nagas are classified into numerous Naga ethnic bends whose statistics and population are indistinct. They each express dissimilar Naga languages often incomprehensible to the outsiders.
The Nagas have fond of colours. It is apparent in the shawls designed and interlaced by them, and in the headdress that both male and female make. Dress forms are traditionally different in each group. The fabrics are interlaced by the females. They use a vast variety of beads, abundance and involvedness in their jewellery, laterally with a large range of resources counting, shell, stone, teeth, horns, metal, bone, hair, tusk, wood, glass, etc.
They finished all the belongings according to their traditional processes. Some examples are costumes, hats and rain-covers, medicines, cooking pot, crockery. Craft material consists of baskets, wood carving, ceramic, metal tools, bead and jewellery -work.
The woollen and cotton shawl weaving are a dominant work for Naga women. One of the mutual similarities of these shawls is that three pieces are interlaced distinctly and sewed collected. Weaving is a complicated and time-taking work. That’s way, even one shawl needs at least a few days to be finished. Designs are usually male and female specific.
Since last half of 20th century, Nagas alive in the hilly North-eastern edge of the Indian Subcontinent. They have fought a noiseless war. Noiseless because this conflict has been mainly overlooked by the popular main stream media and politics. Ever since they have been in interaction with external supremacies, they have ferociously fought any effort of vanquish. The Britishers achieved to govern only parts of the rocky Naga land, and their management in most regions is insignificant. Naga fight for a life of significance is still ongoing.