"Between the immaculate trash-free streets and lush backdrop of paddy fields
and dense forests, Khonoma, a picturesque village in northeast India at an
altitude of 5,300 feet, only gives a few clues to its bloodthirsty past.
The mountainous 700-year-old settlement in the state of Nagaland is legendary
for its fierce resistance during the British colonial period and for its
Indigenous Angami tribe’s age-old hunting practices.
But while skulls of slain animals still adorn the fronts of homes and the 19th
century warrior fort remains standing, these are mere historic relics for a
village that has become one of India’s most compelling, community-led
“We have not forgotten the past,” gasps Vibu Iralu, a local guide, as he climbs
the steep stone steps of the fort. “And we have not forgotten our traditions.
But I think that is why our conservation plan in Khonoma has been a success.”"
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