Tribal Performers at the Hornbill Festival

The Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, Northeast India, is a celebration of the state's diverse tribal cultures. Each year, tribes from across the region gather to showcase their traditional dance, music, and crafts.

As the festival draws near, tribes wait with anticipation and excitement to perform and share their unique cultural heritage with visitors. The festival provides an opportunity for the tribes to connect with each other and for visitors to learn about the rich cultural diversity of Northeast India.

The atmosphere is vibrant as tribes gather in traditional attire and prepare for their performances. The sounds of traditional music and drums fill the air as the tribes wait for their turn to take the stage. Each tribe's performance is a testament to the resilience and vibrancy of their culture.

For many tribes, the Hornbill Festival is a time to reconnect with their cultural roots and to showcase their traditions to the world. Through their performances, they keep alive the traditions and practices that have been passed down through generations.

The tribes waiting to perform at the Hornbill Festival embody the spirit of celebration and cultural pride that define the festival. Their performances are a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating the unique cultural heritage of the region.


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.



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