Konyak Tribe – UPSC Prelims

Konyak Tribe
  • Konkyak is one of the major tribes of Nagaland that reside mostly in the Mon district. They are also found in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Myanmar.
  • Mon is the only district in Nagaland where separatist group NSCN (IM) has not been able to set up base camps, largely due to resistance from the Konyaks.
  • Features: A distinct group of Konyaks is easily recognized by their tattooed faces.
  • Occupation: They are traditional hunters and warriors of Nagaland, but now their main occupation is agriculture.
  • Festivals:
    • Aoling Festival: It is a festival celebrated by the Konyak Naga people. It celebrates the arrival of spring and prays for a good upcoming harvest.
    • Lao-Ong Mo Festival also known as the Post-harvest festival is celebrated by the Konyak tribe to signify the winding up of all harvest activities, norms, and rituals that were practiced or adhered to by every household.