The Konyaks are one of the major Naga tribes. They are easily recognised from other Naga tribes by their pierced ears; and tattoos which cover their faces, hands, chests, arms, and calves. Facial tattoos were earned for taking an enemy's head.
Other unique traditional practices that set the tribe apart from the rest are: gunsmithing, iron-smelting, brass-works, and gunpowder-making. They are also adept in making machetes and wood sculptures. In Nagaland, they inhabit the Mon District - also known as 'The Land of The Anghs'. The Anghs/Wangs are their traditional chiefs whom they hold in high esteem.
The Konyaks were the last among the Naga tribes to accept Christianity. In the past, they were infamous for marauding nearby villages of other tribes, often resulting in killings and decapitations of the heads of opposing warriors. The decapitated heads were taken as trophies and usually hung in the 'Baan' (a communal house). The number of hunted heads indicated the power of a warrior. The headhunting expeditions were often driven by, and founded on certain beliefs, code of honour and principles of loyalty and sacrifice.
Exploring the uncharted boundaries of Longwa village in Mon district, Nagaland, will actually introduce you to a unique chronicle. It might be an excellent option to push yourself and explore this unchartered territory. This village truly abides by what Carlos Santana says, “One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart. “ Yes, people are not divided in Longwa Village by boundaries.
Many remote Konyak villages have succumbed to temptation of Opium as it is on its way out of Myanmar to the buying public. If you are traveling around these parts, choose your overnight stays wisely lest you find yourself under the dark cloud of a community over run by the drug. Normally, if the Angh (village leader) is a smoker, then you can rest assured the rest of the neighbourhood likes a toke, and you will no doubt quickly discover a place who’s soul has long gone up in the smoke of the low quality resin which is available in these parts . Villages like these are better passed by in my opinion.