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Mokokchung District is mainly inhabited by the Ao Nagas, whose villages number 93 in total, spread all over the District. The Ao’s belong to three dialectical groups, namely, Chungli, Mongsen and Changki with the exception of Merinokpo Village whose dialect is somewhat akin to that of the Phom Nagas of Longleng area. Other communities have also settled in this District.

The Ao tribe is one of the major Tribes of the Naga family. Tradition says that the Aos sprung up from “Longtrok” which means “six stones”.They then founded the “Chungliyimti” village where they settled and stayed for a considerable period of time. In course of time, they crossed the Dikhu river by a cane bridge leaving other people behind. These people (the Aos) who went ahead leaving others behind came to be known as “Aor” or “Ao”, which means….”going” or “gone”.

The Aos then settled in “Soyim” which is known as Ungma today, and then moved again to another place called “Koridang”. From Koridang, groups of people scattered to different directions and founded new villages.Gradually, as population grew, they eventually spread over the five ranges of the land and founded as many new villages.

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