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The Hornbill Festival

Nagaland is a cultural mosaic of diverse multi-ethnicity sprung up by the several tribes that inhabit the State. Each community celebrates its myriad festivals revolving around the agrarian calender that makes Nagaland by default, a land of festivals.

The history of Hornbill festival

Located in the far reaches of India is Nagaland. Until five years ago this region received few foreign visitors and those who did venture to this northeast Indian state had difficulty believing that it was part of the Indian nation. Head hunting ceased as a practice in the early 1960’s but the warrior tradition is still in existence at the Hornbill festival. Only two generations ago tattooed Naga men roamed the countryside wearing hornbill feathers. This signified their manliness and bravery in battle. It is here in early December that sixteen Naga tribes gather for four days to honor their ancestors traditional practices.

It draws all the tribes and sub-tribes of Nagaland to the foothills below the lofty spurs of towering Mount Japfü wherin lies Naga Heritage Village, Kisama – the venue of hte Festival.

Amalgamtion of various tribes and artists

The Hornbill Festival Celebrations comprise of the Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Traditional songs and dances, Local Games, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, Flower shows and sales, Beauty Contest, Fashion shows, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Food Stalls, display of paintings, sculptures and wood carvings and a Musical concert. Contemporary artists get a platform to display their creations

Morungs at Kisama

A prominent sight at Kisama are the imposing tribal Morungs (male dormitories) that are resplendent speciments of Vernacular architecture. Every Naga community is represented in their respective Morungs. Some even accomodate the majestic log drums where male members intermittently beat the gigantic hollowed log with wooden beaters in perfect synchronization. Long before the age of modern communications, the Nagas devised indigenous methodologies of relaying messages by beating different tempos and arrangements to send out messages decipherabe only to the village members. As you hear the sound reverberate throughout Kisama it hypnotically draws you in search of the source.

Tribal photography

Get a chance interact and phtotograph the 17 major tribes of Nagaland come together to celebrate their culture including Angami, Chang, Sumi, Ao Chakhesang, Dimasa, Sangtam, Kachari, Khiamniungan, Garo, Kuki, Zeliang, Lotha, Yimchungru, Phom, Konyak Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam and Sumi

Who is the right client for this?

Someone who has experienced India and wants something unique, experiential, different. Something that challenges the client to think differently and amaze them at every step they take during the festival. Ideal for clients into photography or who are looking to meet tribes around the world.