The print version of 'Nagas in the 21st Century' is now available


We are pleased to announce the publication of 'Nagas in the 21st Century', edited by Jelle JP Wouters and Michael Heneise, with contributions by Iliyana Angelova, Francis Cheerangal, Michael Heneise, Asojiini Rachel Kashena, Arkotong Longkumer, Shonreiphy Longvah, Somingam Mawon, Edward Moon-Little, Venusa Tinyi, Matthew Wilkinson, and Jelle JP Wouters. 

Synopsis: The title of this special issue; ‘Nagas in the 21st Century’, is both an adaptation and a (modest) self-proclaimed sequel to Verrier Elwin’s (1969) iconic Nagas in the Nineteenth Century. In this anthology, Elwin introduces and brings together a collection of administrative reports, tour diaries, and ethnographic descriptions on Naga tribes, all written in the 19th century. During the colonial era Naga tribes turned into an ethnological hotbed, even a cradle of British social anthropology. Back then, writings on Nagas were many, varied and colorful, and included rituals and religion, political structures and sentiments, taboos and omens, dress and ornaments, funeral customs, head-hunting, monolithic cultures, and so on. This ubiquity of colonial accounts, however, contrasts starkly with the scant material generated during the post-colonial period. In fact, as a corollary of the protracted Indo-Naga conflict scholars working on Nagas now grapple with a decades-wide ethnographic void. This, however, is now starting to change. The contributors to this special issue take Elwin’s anthology, or other colonial sources, as a point of reference, and then link these texts to their own areas of research, offering critiques, comparisons, and contrasts as they proceed. Taken together, the articles aim to offer a set of insights and new departures into the study of contemporary Naga society.

Books are available at The Kohima Institute, and will soon be available on Direct orders can be arranged for addresses throughout the world.

The book prices are as follows: INR 950.00 / UK £12.00 / US $19.95. Shipping and Handling costs vary. 

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