About the Author
Ayinla Shilu Ao was born in Kohima, Nagaland, but received all her formal education outside the state; boarding schools in Darjeeling and Bangalore and universities in Delhi (Miranda House and Delhi University) and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This has become her area of specialization as a writer and consultant. She has written on the Nagas for French GEO and the catalogue for a photo-exhibit on the nagas at the Crafts Museum in Delhi and at the Musee de l'Homme in Paris, for which she was also a consultant. She continues to compile and document Naga traditions so that they can be recorded before they are forgotten.