About this series

Northeast India is home to a diverse array of indigenous tribes, each with their unique customs, traditions, and way of life. Two of these tribes are the Angami and Apatani.

The Angami tribe is predominantly found in the state of Nagaland, with a population of around 170,000. They are known for their warrior-like culture, and their traditional dress includes a colorful shawl and a bamboo hat. Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood, and they are skilled in terraced farming.

The Apatani tribe is primarily found in the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh, with a population of around 30,000. They are known for their unique practice of wet rice cultivation, which involves the use of an intricate irrigation system. The Apatani women are also known for their distinctive facial tattoos, which were once a mark of beauty but are now a dying tradition.

Both the Angami and Apatani tribes have rich cultural heritage and are working to preserve their traditions and way of life in the face of modernization and globalization.

Leslie A Spurlock


Leslie Spurlock is a photojournalist, storm chaser, and creative portrait artist. She lived with the rebels in Haiti for 3 weeks when they ousted President Aristide, photographed Tropical Storm Jeanne that killed 3000 people in Haiti, covered many hurricanes and natural disasters, and 17 protests across the US during 2020. Her work has been published in many publications including Time, Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, NY Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Miami Herald, Austin American Statesman, Daily Mail, ABC, CNN, and Yahoo.