The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: man-traps
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Formerly, it is said, certain unamiable individuals (or villages) used to set "deadfall" traps by paths used by travellers. The traps were cunningly disguised as shelters, such as are put up by travellers sleeping out, and the weights were concealed by leaves and thatch. Tied to the roof was a fire-thong; and one wet night a party would come along and seek shelter, and one of them would pull the convenient fire-thong in order to light a fire - and down came the weighted roof.
text: Stone shoots appear to have been used by the Zemi at convenient places on the village approaches.