Regions with significant populations
 India (Arunachal Pradesh)
Tutsa language
Christianity, Animism, Hinduism
Related ethnic groups
Naga, Tangsa, Nocte

The Tutsa people, also known as the Tutsa Naga, are a Tibeto-Burmese ethnic group inhabiting the western parts of Changlang and Khimiyong circles and the eastern part of Tirap districts of the Northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.[1] Ethnically, the Tutsa are closely related to the Tangsa and were classified as members of the Tangsa in all census records until 1981.[2] As of 2001 their population stood at 25,000.

Culture and beliefs

Along with the Tangsa, Tutsas believe in the existence of a supreme being called 'Rangfrah'. The harvest festival of Pongtu Kuh is the principal festival of the Tutsa. The festival is marked by several events like practising of Rom-Hom, a traditional chicken sacrifice for producing fire by rubbing a bamboo stick in the hay to forecast whether the year would prove prosperous for them or not.[citation needed]

The Tutsa are traditionally followers of Animism. Some Tutsa have also embraced Christianity. The sizeable Christian Tutsa community have formed the Tutsa Baptist Churches Council (TBCC).


  1. ^ S. R. Tohring (2010). Violence and identity in North-east India: Naga-Kuki conflict. Mittal Publications. pp. xv–xvii. ISBN 978-81-8324-344-5.
  2. ^ S.S. Shashi (2004). Encyclopaedia of Indian Tribes. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 181. ISBN 81-7041-836-4.