Nagaland has a rich tradition of wood craft that has its roots in an animistic past. Woodcarving is an art form that is largely related to architecture and ritual practices, and has been the forte of most of the 17 major Naga tribes in both eastern and western parts of the state. Besides architecture, wood craft finds a place in the daily life of the Nagas; it forms a huge part of traditional kitchen and tableware as well as furniture. The wood craft of Nagaland is replete with symbolic motifs and designs. This module introduces Nagaland's woodcarving traditions and the symbols and motifs they carry.