For many years the only stories told to the world outside about Nagaland, a
fourth-world indigenous cultural group, centered around their love of
head-hunting. But the land itself is populated by esoteric tribals collectively
known as the Nagas. The tales of their respective origins are found in myths,
songs and poetry or lost to time. There are sixteen major tribes and several
other sub-tribes, each with a distinct dialect, not comprehensible to the
others. Often the tribes are distinguished by their colourful woven shawls.
Today head-hunting does not exist and that changed with the advent of
Christianity which is today the dominant religion of the state.