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The Konyak Nagas The Konyak Nagas Indian tribes living in the northeast frontier of India are an interesting culture to research They were considered in the 1930s as a culture still daily living as they did in ancient days yet by 1947 the government of India took effective steps to bring them under its administrative control The tribes are separated into several villages such as the Sangtam Chang Kaylo Kengyu Angami Konyak and the Wakching Nagas The villages differed in language political structure and some aspects of material culture Even though governing officials have interrupted the traditional ways of life of the Naga tribes there are some things that have not changed Within the Wakching village their houses appearance language religious beliefs and interpersonal relationships have been carried down from ancient times The Wakching village occupied a high point of abroad and uneven ridge in the Naga Hills district With 249 Houses and a population of about 1300 inhabitants it was the largest village within a radius of ten miles Its size and strategic position secured it against the attacks of hostile neighbors The houses were usually grouped together in a compact block and enclosed with a fence or they were scattered over the site in several areas with vegetable plots and bamboo groves around them Structurally the Konyak houses were of two types one of the open front and high roof points and those of closed fronts whose roofs hung low over a front porch The mens houses were largest in size eighty four feet long and thirty-six feet wide The roof was made out of thick thatched palm leaves and at the sides the branches nearly touched the ground Leaf bundles flat decorated stick and small carvings of birds were hung from the front ends of the roof rafters so they formed a curtain which gave the porch shade from the sun The porch was about twenty-four feet
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