CONTENTS:- Foreword by B.P. Singh; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The Nagas: an overview; 3. The Naga identity formation; 4. Origin and migration of the Naga tribes; 5. The Naga Village polity; 6. The Naga languages; 7. Morung Institution among the Nagas; 8. Head-hunting among the Nagas; 9. The Naga social structure: stratification, deprivation and the complexities; 10. Nagas: the pre-British history; 11. Nagas and the British; 12. Christianity among the Nagas; 13. The Naga autonomy movement; 14. Myths, misinformations and the propaganda; 15. Nagaland: the on-going strife; Annexures: i. Memorandum of the Naga hills to Simon Commission; ii. Nine-point understanding; iii. Sixteen-point proposals;
This study seeks to analyse the process of Naga identity formation in the broader framework. Tracing origin and history of the Nagas, it discusses at length their migration, culture, social structure, ethnicity, religion, languages and village polity. Also, it deals with the politicization of the Naga identity. The role of the Institution of Morung among the Nagas has been examined as well.