Naga Traditional huts and architecture of Nagaland



Naga Traditional huts and architecture of Nagaland




There are sixteen officially recognized Naga tribes in the state of Nagaland, a hilly North Eastern part of India. There are several other Naga tribes outside Nagaland - in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Burma (Myanmar). Each Naga tribe have their similarities but also distinction in their attires, traditional habits, food and even they way they build their homes. It's amazing how much diversity there is in this small group of ethnic people - the Nagas.


Here are some photos of Naga Traditional huts and architecture of Nagaland

Traditional hut of Chang Naga Tribe

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Almost every Naga traditional hut have as slightly arched roof. Most Nagas use a kind of tall grass found in the wild for the roof and walls are mostly thatched with bamboo.


The architectural designs of huts would vary from tribe to tribe.


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Traditional hut of Konyak Naga Tribe

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The importance of bamboo as a building material for the Nagas can be seen from these pictures.

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Traditional hut of Khiamniungan Naga Tribe

Among the Naga tribes, Khiamniungan's traditional huts are one of a kind -  Khiamniungans use slated stone for making the roof.

Khiamniungan literally translates to source of great waters. They were also called Kelu-Kenyu or "slate-house dwellers" during the British Raj. [Source: Wikipedia]

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In those days and even now in remote villages, one would find skulls of hunted animals hung in and around the huts. Mostly, the skulls are of deer, monkeys, wild boar etc. In some places, one would even find human skulls from the head hunting era.

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Traditional hut of Lotha Naga tribe

Phom Naga traditional hut

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