The Angami tribe belongs to the extreme north-eastern part of the nation, Nagaland state. Nagaland has 20 tribals, one of them being Angami. The Angamis total population is around 12 million. The territory of the Angamis Tribes is the present district of the district of Kohima, which is divided into four regions, situated in the South-Angamis at the foothills of Mt Japfu. Western Angami is located in the west of Kohima, north of Kohima and Chakhro Angami are located in North Angamis, mostly small villages around Dimapur district.
Angamis are popular with all over India for their woodcraft and artwork. Indians know them as the manufacturer of bamboo work, cane furniture, beds, shawls and strong machets. They enjoy music very much and play fantastic music with the aid of drum and flute, which is passed down from generation to generation.
Agriculture is Angami Tribe ‘s principal occupation. Their production on the hilly terrains involves rice and grains. The angamis, known for their environmental knowledge, use their watercourses to grow terraced wet rice. One of the peculiar characteristics of their cultivation is that Angami Tribes carry on the cultivation with the wet rice on the hilly terrain, as a result of which the irrigation system has turned the steep barren hills into picturesque rice groves.
Angamis speak Tenyidie which is among them the most common language. Angamis mother tongue is Angami Language and is marked with different names including Gnamei, Ngami, Tsoghami and Monr.
Angamis hold their annual festival in Nagaland called Sekrenyi. The festival falls in the month of February, and marks the lunar year’s start. This ten-day festival is also known as the Phousnyi among the local people and the festival ‘s chief rite is Kizie. In Kizie the few drops of rice water taken from Zumho (top of the Jug), are carefully put in the leaves and arranged by a woman at three main posts of the house. All young men in the village get up early the next morning and take a good bath in the village and they adorn themselves with the new shawls (white Mhoushu and black Lohe). This ritual is called Dzuseva.
The Thekra Hie is the main attraction of this festival, where the village’s young people come together to sing and dance to the local music tunes. They make fun and enjoy the rice beer and meat plates. Hunting is the other big festival excitement.