Sangtam is one
of the important tribes of Nagaland. which is also a major
tribe in the multilingual Tuensang district. It is believed
by some in the tribe that they have come to their present
place following migration from Burma.
The Sangtams are also mainly practitioners
of jhuming and shifting cultivation. In keeping with their
importance of agriculture, several festivals are celebrated
to mark sowing, transplanting, harvesting and others.
As with other
languages, Sangtam also exhibits some variation from one
region to another. For pedagogical purposes the Longkhim
variety is considered standard Sangtam.
is taught and used as a medium up to classIV in all government
schools. From 1965 onwards the Directorate of Education
has been publishing textbooks in Sangtam.