The term "Naga" is a general one, which covers many tribes of that region. Thus, Nagaland is the home of various hill-tribes and the dances performed by these different tribal communities are altogether, most popularly known as Naga dances. All these dances have been deeply rooted in their environment, occupations, religious beliefs and practices and the social patterns that prevail here.

The cultural activities of the Nagas especially the dances, reflect the aspects of the life-style in their rhythmic movements and body language. Their dances are numerous; most of them are war-like and martial in its approach and are always a group-based performance.