Books and Writers from Nagaland

Nagaland is a state in the North Eastern part of India with English as its State’s official language but diverse local dialects. Some writers from the State have attained accolade and recognition in the field of literature in English both at National and International level. In this post, we shall see some Books and Writers from Nagaland and also books written on the Nagas by others.


List of books by Writers from Nagaland

Books by Easterine Kire

Easterine Kire is a poet, novelist, and writer of children’s books from Nagaland. She has a Ph.D in English literature from the University of Pune. In 2011 she was awarded the Governor’s medal for excellence in Naga literature. Her poetry and books have been translated to German, Croatian, Uzbek, Norwegian and Nepali.

  • Kelhoukevira” – first book of poetry published by Easterine Kire in 1982, at the age of 22.
  • The Windhover Collection” (2001) – short stories and poems
  • Sky is My Father: A Naga Village Remembered(2003) – First Novel by Easterine Kire and first novel by a Naga writer in English.
  • “A Terrible Matriarchy” (2007)
  • “Mari” (2010)
  • Bitter Wormwood(2011) – shortlisted for the Hindu Prize 2013
  • “Life on Hold” (2011)
  • When the River Sleeps(2014) – winner of the The Hindu Literary Prize 2015
  • Son of the Thundercloud(2016) – awarded Bal Sahitya Puraskar by Sahitya Akademy in 2018
  • Don’t Run, My Love(2017)
  • “Walking the Roadless Road: Exploring the Tribes of Nagaland” (2019)
  • “A Respectable Woman” (2019)

Awards and recognition:

  • In 2011, Easterine Kire was awarded the Governor’s Medal for excellence in Naga literature.
  • She was awarded the “Free Voice Award” by Catalan PEN Barcelona in 2013.
  • Winner of The Hindu Literary Prize in 2015.
  • Awarded Bal Sahitya Puraskar by Sahitya Akademy in 2018.

Books by Temsula Ao

Dr. Temsula Ao is a poet, short story writer and ethnographer. She is a retired Professor of English in North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).

  • Poetry: “Songs that Tell” (1988)
  • Poetry: “Songs that Try to Say” (1992)
  • Poetry: “Songs of Many Moods” (1995)
  • The Ao Naga Oral Tradition (1999)
  • Poetry: “Songs from Here and There” (2003)
  • “These Hills Called Home: Stories from the War Zone” (2005)
  • Poetry: “Songs From The Other Life” (2007)
  • Laburnum for my Head” (2009) – Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013
  • On Being a Naga” (2014)
  • “Once Upon a Life” (2014)
  • “Aosenla′s Story” (2018)

Awards and recognition:

  • Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education in 2007
  • Governor’s Gold Medal, 2009
  • Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award (India’s National Academy of Literature) for her short story collection, “Laburnum for My Head” in 2013.
  • Kusumagjaj National Literature Award 2015 (for poetry)

Books by S.C.Jamir

  • Naga People’s Convention and 16 Point Agreement
  • 50 Years and Beyond
  • A Naga’s Quest For Fulfillment (2016)
  • Agony of Nagaland (NA)
  • Bedrock of Naga Society (2020)

Dr.S.C.Jamir is –

  • First Lok Sabha MP from Nagaland: S C Jamir
  • Former Chief Minister of Nagaland (five-times), Governor of Maharashtra, Governor of Gujarat, Governor of Goa and Governor of Odisha.

Books by Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham Lotha

Awards and recognition:

  • In 2019, Abraham Lotha was awarded the Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature in the Non-Fiction category for his book, “The Hornbill Spirit: Nagas Living Their Nationalism”.

Books by Charles Chasie

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Awards and recognition:

  • 17th Governor’s Award 2019 in Arts, Music and Literature.


Find more books written by Naga Authors in the table below.

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Book TitlePub.YearAuthor(s)GenreAwards / Remarks
History of Christianity in Nagaland 1998 A. Bendangyabang Ao History /Religion
The Traditional Tribal World View and Modernity1995A. Wati Longchar
Traditional Tribal Religions in N-E India2000A. Wati LongcharReligion
No More Guns! People Struggle for Justice2000A. Wati Longchar
Asian Handbook for Theological Education and Ecumenism2018A. Wati Longchar
The Fate of the Naga People: An Appeal to the World 1960 A.Z.Phizo
Souls and Bamboo Aolemba
Nagas Struggle against British Rule under Janonang and Rani Gaidiliu 1973 Asoso Yonou
Mainstreaming Women Banuo Z. Jamir
Glimpses of Naga History 1993 Bendangangshi History
The Religion of Ao Nagas 1997 Bendangangshi, I.T.Lipok Aier
Confessing Christ in the Naga Context: Towards a Liberating Ecclesiology 2011 Bendangjungchi
Bearing Witness2011Charles Chasie
The State Strikes Back: India and the Naga Insurgency2009Charles Chasie
Age-old ties: Pfutseromi & Khwuno Thevo2013Charles Chasie
The Naga Imbroglio: A Personal Perspective1999Charles Chasie
Nagas Today: Indigenous Discourse2010Charles Chasie
The Road to Kohima: The Naga Experience in the 2nd World War2017Charles Chasie
The Naga Memorandum to the Simon Commission, 19292017Charles Chasie
The Unique Socio-Political Background of NagalandCharles Chasie
The Prisoner from Nagaland 1987 Dalle Namo
Nagas: Problems and Politics 1992 Dr Ashiko Daili Mao
Nagaland: A Spatial Analysis 1990 Dr Imnauondang
Rural Development in Nagaland 1993 Dr. A. Lanunungsang
From Phizo to Muivah 2002 Dr. A. Lanunungsang
Some Aspects of Naga Economy 1980 Dr. Anthony Patton
Let the freedom ring 2005 Dr. Atai Shimray
Life and Dignity2015Dr. Dolly Kikon
Living with Oil and Coal2019Dr. Dolly Kikon
Leaving the Land2019Dr. Dolly Kikon
Ceasefire City2021Dr. Dolly Kikon
The Angami Naga and the British (1832 – 1947) 1999 Dr. L. Atola Changkiri
Women in Naga Society 1998 Dr. Lucy Zehol
Nagamese: the Lingua Franca in Nagaland 2007 Dr. N Khashito Aye
British Policy and Administration in Nagaland 1991 Dr. Piketo Sema History**NPSC Prelims 2019
Nagaland – A Study of Social Geography 1989 Dr. T. Lanusosang
Studies on Theology and Naga Culture 1998 Dr. Takatemjen
Songs of Many Moods 1995 Dr. Temsula Ao
Future Nagaland 1988 Dr. Wati Aier
When the River Sleeps2014Easterine KireWon the Hindu Literary Prize 2015
Bitter Wormwood2011Easterine KireShortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2013
Kelhoukevira1982Easterine KirePoetry
The Windhover Collection2001Easterine KireShort stories and poems
A Naga Village Remembered2003Easterine KireFirst Novel by Easterine Kire and first novel by a Naga writer in English
Mari2010Easterine Kire
Life on Hold2011Easterine Kire
Son of the Thundercloud2016Easterine KireAwarded Bal Sahitya Puraskar by Sahitya Akademy in 2018
A Terrible Matriarchy2007Easterine Kire
Don't Run, My Love2017Easterine Kire
Walking the Roadless Road: Exploring the Tribes of Nagaland2019Easterine Kire
A Respectable Woman2019Easterine Kire
Loneliness is an Orange (Poetry) 2018 Emisenla Jamir
Delhi Chalo: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Last Camp in Nagaland 2005 Er. Vikho Swuro
Christianity and Politics in Tribal India: Baptist Missionaries and Naga Nationalism 2021 G. Kanato Chophy
Jadonang: A Mystic Naga Rebel 2002 Gangmumei Kamei Biography
Beliefs and Practices of Nagas 2019 Hitoca H Sumi
Emergence of Nagaland: Socio-economic and Political Transformation and the Future 1986 Hokishe Sema
Communication and Naga Culture 2007 Imsutoshi Jamir
Lovely Mother 2007 Imtijungla Longchar
Head-hunters Culture: Historic Culture of Nagas 2012 Joseph S. Thong
Glimpses of Naga Legacy and Culture 2011 Joseph S. Thong, Phanenmo Kath
Nagaland and India – The Blood and The Tears 2003 Kaka D. Iralu
How Then Shall We Live 2009 Kaka D. Iralu
The Naga Saga 2009 Kaka D. Iralu
Nagaland and India – The Blood and The Tears2003Kaka D. Iralu
How Then Shall We Live2009Kaka D. Iralu
The Naga Saga2009Kaka D. Iralu
Forgiveness and Politics 2017 Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa
Things That Can Go Wrong On Your Wedding 2018 Kezhakielie Whiso
Encountering Life Antics of a Government Servant 2015 Khekiye K. Sema
Political History of Rengma Nagas 2007 Khillo G Rengma
The Last Light of Glory Days, Stories From Nagaland 2021 Kire Avinuo
Education and the Nagas 1995 Kiremwati
Once upon a time in Kohima 2020 Konaei Shongdok
Politics and Militancy in Nagaland 2004 Kuhoi K Zhimomi
Ao Naga Customary Laws and Practices2012L Sosang Jamir
Ao Naga Social and Customary Law L. Imti Aier
Nagaland 1970 L.L.Yaden
Fact and Growth of Naga Nationalism 1993 L.Wati
Salad Life: Stories from the Hills 2019 Lanu Wallinger
I, Ben Wati, My Training Years 2012 Lemtila Alinger
Folk Tales From Nagaland: Part I & II1989M. Alemchiba AO and P. K. Bhattacharya
The Naga Polity 1975 M. Horam
Socio-cultural life of Nagas 1977 M. Horam
Nagas Old Ways and New Trends1988 M. Horam
Naga Insurgency: The Last 30 Years 1988 M. Horam
Proceedings of the Seminar on Naga Customary Laws1972M.Alemchiba Ao
The arts and crafts of Nagaland1968M.Alemchiba AoArts and crafts
A Brief Historical Account of Nagaland1970M.Alemchiba Ao
Unforgetable Memories from Nagaland 1994 Mar Atsongchanger
The Historical Memoranda of the Nagas and their Neighbours Mar Atsongchanger History
Something I need to know 2011 Mhonchumo S. Lotha
Slingstones (poetry) 2021 Mmhonlumo Kikon
Praying with Understanding Moasenla Aier
A Treatise on Customary and Fundamental Laws of the Nagas in Nagaland 2019 Moatoshi Ao
Monsoon Mourning2013Monalisa ChangkijaPoetry
Weapons of Words on Pages of Pain 1993Monalisa ChangkijaPoetry
Cogitating for a Better Deal2014Monalisa Changkija
Middles2018Monalisa Changkija
The Ancestor of Ayemi 2000 N Khashito Aye
Ao Naga Cultural Heritage 1997 N. Talitemjen Jamir
My Mother’s Daughter 2019 Neikehienuo Mepfhu-o
Ordinary Nagas With Exceptional Stories: Have patience, God isn’t finished yet 2017 Neon Phom
The unlikely India 2019 Nzan Kikon
The Starry Night2019Nzan Kikon
A girl swallowed by a tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold 2017 Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton
The Fallen Wings Nzanthung K. Yanthan
Longri Ao O.M. Mao
A Search for Naga Identity 1967 P. Moasosang
The Nagas 1963 P. Shilu Ao
Ancient Ao Naga Religion and Culture 1993 Panger Imchen
HIV & AIDS: Towards Inclusive Communities A Theological Reader2015Philip Kuruvilla and Wati Longchar
Nagas Right to Self Determination : An Anthropological Historical Perspective 2005 R Vashum
Perils and Pitfalls in Public Service R.L.Jamir, IAS
Mayangnokcha- The Pathfinder R.P. Sharma, Ngangshikokba
Origin and culture of Nagas 1985 R.R. Shimray
Naga Music, Naga Identity 2007 Rev Dr Neiliezhu Usou
The King's Messenger 2014  Rev Lano Longchar Biography
The Hornbill Spirit, Nagas Living Their Nationalism2016Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham LothaAwarded the Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature
History of Naga Anthropology (1832 - 1947)2007Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham LothaAnthropology
The Raging Mithun, Challenges of Naga Nationalism2013Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham Lotha
Nagaland and India-The Nagaland Church and Polities: 1986 Rev. V.K.Nuh
A theological reflection on Naga society 1996 Rev. V.K.Nuh
The Naga Chronicle 2002 Rev. V.K.Nuh
My Country and My People Rev. V.K.Nuh
Retelling Naga Narratives: More Than Thrice-Told Tales2014Richard Carbo, John Coakley & Abraham Lotha
The Genesis of the Naga political movement 1998 Ringkahao Horam
Echoes of Spring2008Rita and Agnes Krocha
Four Shades2013Robert Seiboi, Aboli Chishi,Temjenrenba Anichar, Vishu Rita Krocha
In Words (Poetry) 2021 Roland Kikon
Way Home 2018 Ruukuonuo Liegise
A Narrative Of A Third Cultured Kid 2019 S. Yusenti Jamir
Agony of Nagaland S.C. Jamir
Naga People's Convention and 16 Point AgreementS.C.Jamir
50 Years and BeyondS.C.Jamir
A Naga's Quest For Fulfillment2016S.C.JamirAutobiography
Agony of NagalandS.C.Jamir
Dreams & Chaos 2020 Sentilong Ozukum
Memoirs of a Naga Centenarian- A pioneer Naga nationalist remembers 2004  Sentsi PfuronBiography
Naga – A people struggling for self determination 2001 Shimreichon Luithui
Suki’s Magic Box2017Sochumlo Suki EzungIn 2017, she was 10 years old, and the youngest publisher from Nagaland.
Suki’s Spacecraft 2019 Sochumlo Suki Ezung
Beyond the Banyan tree 2019 T Kikon
Reminicenece: Impur to Naga National Council 1988 T. Aliba Imti
The Genesis of All Naga Students Federation T. Aliba Imti
A history of Anglo Naga Affairs 1958 Tajenyuba Ao
British Occupation of Naga Country 1993 Tajenyuba Ao History
Christianity versus Ao Naga Tajenyuba Ao
Songs that Tell1988Temsula AoPoetry
Songs that Try to Say1992Temsula AoPoetry
Songs of Many Moods1995Temsula AoPoetry
Songs from Here and There2003Temsula AoPoetry
Songs From The Other Life2007Temsula AoPoetry
Laburnum for my Head2009Temsula AoAwarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013
The Ao Naga Oral Tradition1999Temsula AoNon-Fiction
These Hills Called Home: Stories from the War Zone2005Temsula Ao
On Being a Naga2014Temsula Ao
Once Upon a Life2014Temsula Ao
Aosenla′s Story2018Temsula Ao
Raconteurs from the Hills2014 Tialula (Author), Vishu Rita Krocha (Author), Lhutu Keyho Agnes Tepa, Emisen Jamir, Imti Longchar (Author)
Women And Politics In Nagaland: Challenges And Imperatives 2012 Toshimenla Jamir
Ancient Naga Head Hunter Lives and Tales 2009 Tsuknung Penzu
Naga Social Life Through the Ages Tsuknung Penzu
Five Great Tragic Tales from Naga Folklore Tsuknung Penzu
The Periphery strikes back – Challenges to Nation State in Assam & Nagaland U.P.Ayonmisho
Tribal Voice 2008 V Ansheley Sumi
Waiting for the dust to settle 2020 Veio Pou
"Shoposho" (A Naga folktale Children’s Book)2015Vishü Rita Krocha
A Bucket of Rain2011Vishü Rita Krocha
Yearnings2018Vishü Rita Krocha
The Chakhesangs- A Window to Phek District2013Vishü Rita Krocha and Rekha Rose Dukru
A History of Nagas and Nagaland 2008 Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü
A Naga Odyssey: My Long Way Home 2018 Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü, Richard Broome
The Aos of Nagaland Wangshimenla Jamir
Growth of Education in Nagaland 1997 Yajen Aier
Beating Life at its Own Game 2021 Yansathung M Ezung
Love Lust and Loyalty 2018 Yuimi Vashum
Bedrock of Naga Society2020S C Jamir
Phizo and the Naga Problem 2014 Zinyü MhiesizokhoBiography
Lessons from LifeKiremwati AoBiography
Dinkypu2012Easterine KireChildren's Books
Once in Faraway Dorg2011Easterine KireChildren's Books
The Log-Drummer Boy2013Easterine KireChildren's Books
Different Strokes2013Easterine KireChildren's Books
Encyclopaedia of Nagaland2009Lima Sashi AierEncyclopaedia
Life goes On2013Inovi Awomi
The Morning Years1994Nini Lungalang Poovathinkal
Adventures of Lhusakii and Other Stories2014Agnes Tepa
Glimpses of Naga History. Naga patriots of Soyim1993I BENDANGANGSHIHistory
The Angami Nagas and the British (1832-1947)1999L. Atola ChangkiriHistory
Tribal Transformation — The Early History of the Naga Hills2013Achilla Imlong ErdicanHistory
History of Anglo-Naga Affairs1958A TAJENYUBAHistory

Books on Nagas / Nagaland by others

Find books written on the Nagas or Nagaland by other authors in the table below.
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Book TitlePub. YearAuthor(s)GenreAwards / Remarks
A Corner in India 1907 M.M. CLARK (American Baptist Publication Society)Biography
The Ao Naga Grammer 1911 Mary M. Clark
The Angami Nagas 1921John Henry HuttonAnthropology
The Sema Nagas 1921 John Henry HuttonAnthropology
The Lotha Nagas 1922 James P. Mills, John H. Hutton, J.H. HullenAnthropology
Naga Manners and Customs 1990 John Henry Hutton (Vintage Books, Gurgaon, 1990 )Anthropology
Report on Naga Hills 1986 John Henry HuttonAnthropology
The Ao Nagas 1926 James P. MillsAnthropology
The Rengma Nagas 1937 James P. MillsAnthropology
The Naked Nagas 1939 Christoph von Furer HaimendorfAnthropology
Return to the Naked Nagas: An Anthropologist's view of Nagaland 1936-­19701969 Christoph von Furer HaimendorfAnthropology
The Konyak Nagas: An Indian Frontier Tribe1969 Christoph von Furer HaimendorfAnthropology
Nagaland1961 Verrier ElwinAnthropology
Under the Head-Hunters' eyes 1929 A.C. BOWERBiography
Tekhi's Hunting1941 Winifred Holmes
The Star of the Naga Hills 1941 Narola RivenburgBiographyDaughter of Dr. Sidney Rivenburg and his wife, Hattie Rivenburg - missionaries in the Naga Hills. Learn more about this book Here.
Naga Path 1950 Ursula Graham Bower
The Naga Queen: Ursula Graham Bower and her Jungle Warriors (1939-45)2011 Vicky ThomasBiography
The Ao Naga tribe of Assam: A study in ethnology and sociology1925W.C.SmithAnthropology
Nagaland The Night of the Guerrillas 1978 Nirmal Nibedon
We lived in Nagaland: Aizuto 1978 B.I. ANDERSONBiography
Kinship politics and Law in Naga society  1993 Nava Kishor DasAnthropology
A Pilgrimage to the Nagas 1984 Milada GanguliAnthropology
Longri Ao: A Biography 1986 O.M. RAOBiography
Rani Gaidiliu: Biography of Gaidinliu 2002 Kusumlata NayyarBiography
Zapuphizo: Voice of the Nagas 2002 Peter SteynBiography
The Naga Identity 2005 BB Kumar
The Angami Nagas 2006 Renu Suri
From Head-Hunters to Church Planters 2006 Paul Hattaway
Road of Bones - The Siege of Kohima 1944 2010 Fergal Keane (Winner of the British Army Military Book of the Year 2011)
Nagaland: A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier 2011 Jonathan Glancey
ABC of Naga Culture and Civilization 2011 Nandita Haksar
Out of isolation - exploring a forgotten world 2011 Frans Welman
Forbidden Land - Quest for Nagalim2011 Frans Welman
The Naga Story: First Armed Struggle in India 2012 H.C. Chandola
Naga Queen 2013 Pauline HaytonBiography
Nagas in the 21st Century 2017 Jelle J P Wouters and Michael Heneise
In the Shadows of Naga Insurgency: Tribes, State and Violence in Northeast India 2018 Jelle J.P. Wouters
Kuknalim, Naga Armed Resistance: Testimonies of Leaders, Pastors, Healers and Soldiers 2019 Nandita Haksar, Sebastian M. Hongray
The Nagas: Disciplined forms of Beauty1992Grata SomareArts and Crafts
An American in Nagaland2004Tom Farell
The Nagas: The evolution of their history and administration, 1832-19392003SK BARPUJARIHistory
Nagas in the Nineteenth Century1969 Verrier ElwinHistory
History of Nagaland1982BB GHOSHHistory



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