Elderhood is a position of reverence and one of service in Naga society. Elders are custodians of culture and history, and are responsible for the transference of Naga values from one generation to the other.
Wander Nagaland works with a Council of Elders to protect and retain cultural authenticity during a period of rapid globalisation.
Our Elders are uniquely positioned to welcome you into Naga society having lived both in and outside of Nagaland.
They will entrust you with insight and advice to help you confidently transition from the outside into Naga society.
Specially selected multi-day tours offer an Elder Welcome. Travellers on these tours are inducted into the ways of the Naga by a member of our Council of Elders. Please check our tour itineraries to see if an Elder Welcome is included.
Mr. Niketu Iralu is a prominent Elder, intellectual and preacher of peace and non-violence. A widely-travelled person, he served as a trustee of Friends of MRA (India); member of International Council of IofC; chairman of Naga Reconciliation Commission; chairman of Peace Committee of Nagaland Baptist Church Council. He was also the first manager of Mt. Gilead Home for counselling and rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicts.
Mr. Iralu is currently a trustee of Centre for Northeast Studies and Policy Research. A renowned social activist he has been conferred with the prestigious Rotary Peace Award (2018). He has also received Awards from Assam Government for National Integration and the UN Brahma Foundation – The Soldier of Humanity Award.
Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü is an Elder of the Meyasetsu clan of the Angami tribe, Khonoma, Nagaland. He has a Bachelor of Theology, a PhD in History, and was the inaugural Head of the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Nagaland.
He has addressed many forums across the world, including the United Nations. He is the current President of the Overseas Naga Association, an International Elder of Initiatives of Change, headquartered in Caux, Switzerland, and is a Board member of the Melbourne Interfaith Centre.
Dr. Visakhonu Hibo is the Principal of Japfù Christian College. Academically she is from a Sociology background. She is a member of many academic bodies within the State.
As an educationist, she advocates safeguarding of traditional land, revitalization of traditional skills, upholding of traditional ethics and values in various platforms. Her research interest leans heavily on Naga Traditional Cuisines, Naga cultural and political identities.