Walking the Roadless Road: Exploring the Tribes of Nagaland is a comprehensive history of
the Naga tribes who live within the borders of Nagaland. Kire begins with an overview of
migration narratives—both mythical and historical—of the various tribes, starting in the
nineteenth century. She then delves deep into the origins of the Nagas, their early history as
forest-dwellers, how the discrete Naga territories were formed, the written and unwritten
history of the villages, the various struggles that have convulsed Naga society down the
ages, as well as the sweeping changes that have transformed the community in the twentyfirst
The book is divided into four sections. ‘An Overview of Nagaland’ details the origins and
history of the various tribes; it also gives an overview of the society and culture of the Naga
tribes. ‘Christianity and the Naga Society’ is an analysis of the community before and after
the coming of the Baptist Christian missionaries. ‘From British Colonization to Statehood’
delves into the history of the two world wars and the troubled political relationship between
India and the underground Naga leaders. ‘Turning Points in Naga History’ features key
moments in Naga history and also gives us a picture of the Nagas in the twenty-first century.
Drawing on oral narratives and current scholarship, Walking the Roadless Road is an
engrossing account of one of the country’s most distinctive communities.