Under Our Skin
It’s long ago that headhunting raids came to an end in Nagaland hill territories. The tatoos in their skins are reminders of those violent times, but also proof of their culture and rich traditions. Animist Konyak tribes have been exposed to radical changes in their recent history, including British colonialism, the coming of Christianity in a very aggressive way and lately the rush of technology into their lives, putting their identity in jeopardy.
In this odd and ever changing environment, still their deep-rooted traditions persist in Konyak’s daily life; it’s a silent struggle against what has been imposed to them; a false sense of belonging to a world that has been sold to them as the right one.
The fight is unbalanced, filled with false promises that do not address the real problems in this isolated communities, or deals with them in a precarious way.
As with countless other cultures, it seems inevitable that the ink in their blood will dilute and so will their incredible traditions, to merge into a globalized standard of living.