The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Eighteen. A Skirmish with Head-Hunters
caption: Haimendorf cuts down and carries off skulls
medium: books
person: Nlamo
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Pangsha
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Since Nlamo, now on his way to Noklak with the porters, failed yesterday to bring the heads into camp, I determine to try my luck with the trophies of Pangsha's colony. Quickly I cut four heads from the head-tree and pack them into a carrying-basket that I manage to save from destructions but to have the heads all ready packed and to have them conveyed to Noklak are two quite different things. Not one of the sepoys, the dobashi or the Chang (147) scouts will so much as touch the basket. So, if I am not to fail again in securing my specimens, there is little else to do but to take it on my own shoulders. With great difficulty I hoist the gruesome booty on my back, much to the amusement of the Nagas and the sightly shocked surprise of the sepoys.