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These Portraits of India’s Last Tattooed Headhunter Capture a Rapidly Dissappearing Culture

Way out at the North eastern edge of India lies Nagaland, a place where swirling wisps of cloud gently caress mighty mountains. Nagaland holds relics to a rich cultural heritage and legacy that seems like an anomaly compared to the rapidly modernising country that it’s a part of.

 

Perhaps most enticing are the sixteen major indigenous tribes it is home to; all of mixed origins, cultures and practices, who for a long time were feared as headhunters. The most ‘vicious’ (as labelled by outsiders who knew far too little about their ways) of these tribes were the Konyaks, great warriors with a brutal past.

 

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