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The Ao-Naga Tribe of Assam

W.C. Smith (Author)
Synopsis The volume is the first comprehensive study of the Ao-Naga Tribes of Assam. It deals with the Habitat and general characteristics of the people personal appearance and artificial adornments, domestic life, social organization, religion and magic, the place of the Ao naga in the human Family and the changes through contacts with more advanced peoples. J.H. Hutton in the introduction to this book says. "The importance of Prof.Smith's work is firstly the comparative point of view fresh which he has approached his subject and more particularly in his treatment of the Sociologcal problem which the acculturation of the Ao tribe present. Although upto now no one of the monographs published has attempted to throw much light on the subject of acculturation, there can be no question but that the greast service which an anthropological study of a backward tribe can perform for the people is to aid officials and educationalists in the measures to be taken and to be avoided when the tribe in question has to be brought into any scheme of modern administration. We have been given in this volume such a sketch of the Ao tribe as was necessary to the appreciation of the ethnological and sociological matter contained in it. The author and myself do not always agree on all the points raised, either of fact or of inference. The subject of the Ao tribe is one of great complexity." As a whole this volume describes the life of the Ao Naga, set them in their proper place in the human family and indicates and processes of bath personal and social disorganization and reorganization observed among them due to their contact with people who have moved farther along in the scale of civilization than they.
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W.C. Smith

India’s North East was long an enigma,velled in a pale of mystery. Very little was known about the region before the advent of the British in the first half of the 18th century. India’s independence led to a series of constitutional and political changes in the region with the utilimate formation of states of North-Eastern India i.e. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura having many links and common bonds. The region has a variegated physical feature, snow-clad mountains, undulating hills, dense lush green forecosts, mightly rivers, sparkling streams, cascading waterfalls and awe-inspiring gorges, Inlaid wit fertile valleys and bnouneling dales resulting in a landscape unique in scenic beauty. The extremely interesting ethnic people of the entire region are as varied and charming. The human landscape presents a widely diverse pattern as found in a colourful mosaic. The present monumental work in eight volumes is a magnum opus to all those interested to know about north eastern region of India. It will be also welcome addition to all those who have good collection of books on north-east India on all aspects including: culture, economy, politics, planning, history, geography etc.

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Title The Ao-Naga Tribe of Assam
Author W.C. Smith
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.08.2009
Edition Reprint
Language: English
length xvii+244p., B/w Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.