The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database


The videodisc contained a selection of images of different kinds. Here is a preliminary overview of the types of material on the disc, with an accompanying 'map' of the videodisc showing where the various materials are.

There are some 1350 colour photographs of selected ethnographic artefacts from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, the Museum of Mankind, London, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge and other public and private collections. These include photographs of a selection of weapons, tools, ornaments and textiles. These can be located as 'artefacts' in the accompanying videodisc map, and cover the period from about 1870 to the present day.

There are copies of some 400 drawings and paintings between the 1847 and 1947 taken from diaries, field notes, printed and other sources, varying from full colour portraits to small sketches of a decorative pattern. They include designs, patterns, human faces, house types, flora and fauna. They are labelled 'sketches' in the videodisc map.

There are 165 maps specially re-drawn for the videodisc. These indicate the position of more than a thousand villages, towns, rivers and mountains in the Naga area which are referred to in texts and pictures. These are indicated as 'map' on the videodisc map.

There are about 7000 black and white, and a few colour, photographs from the 1880's to 1948. These cover all aspects of Naga life, art, architecture, crafts, rituals, sport, family life, marriage, war, head-hunting, agriculture, fishing, colonialism and many others. All major sub-groups of the Nagas are covered. They come from public archives and private collections and are referred to as 'photographs'.

There are over 150 sequences of moving film and another thousand or so still frames extracted from 16mm colour and black and white moving film shot between 1938 and 1970. These cover music and dancing, war and head-hunting, the agricultural cycle, fishing, arts and crafts, body decoration and tattooing and many other topics. They are referred to as 'film'.

Finally, there are 72 minutes of recorded sounds from Nagaland, from wax cylinder recordings made in 1916 to some contemporary devotional music. The sound of various instruments, such as drums, jew's-harps, primitive string instruments, as well as solo and communal singing by men and women, illustrate some features of the musical culture of the Nagas.

A brief table of contents, or 'videodisc map', in sequential order, is given here.

Frames short description

1-13 titles and credits

14-1325 artefacts: colour photographs of museum artefacts, some sketches, field photographs, paintings, photographs of plants

1330-7418 films: 'The Man Who Hunted Heads', TV film by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf; colour, 1970

7419-1005 films: of Wanchu Nagas, by C. von Furer-Haimendorf, 1962; black-and-white

10006-22184 films: of Zemi and Tangkhul Nagas, by U. Graham Bower, 1938-45; colour

22185-25199 films: of Kabui and Tangkhul Nagas, by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-40; black-and-white

25200-26251 films: of Kabui and Tangkhul Nagas, by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-40; colour

26252-43164 films: of Zemi and Konyak Nagas, by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, 1970; colour

43165-46122 films: of Wanchu and Konyak Nagas, by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, 1962; colour

46123-46331 photographs: stills from von Furer-Haimendorf films; colour and black-and-white

46332-46363 photographs: plants in Botanic Garden,Cambridge; colour

46366-46405 artefacts: from a private collection; colour

46407-46426 photographs: by Sir Robert Reid, c.1937-39, from India Office Library, London; black-and-white

46429-46438 paintings: by Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1876, from Libary of Museum of Mankind, London; colour

46441-46444 photographs: by Dr. H.R. Hall, early 20th Century, from Museum of Mankind, London; black-and-white

46446-46459 sketches: from private papers of Urusula Graham Bower; black-and-white

46460-46474 sketches: from articles

46475-46579 sketches: from private papers of W.G. Archer; black-and-white

46580-46591 sketches: facsimile pages from source materials; colour and black-and-white

46593-46608 sketches: of animals, from D.Macdonald ed., The Encyclopedia of Mammals I & II, Equinox Books, 1984; colour

46609-46693 sketches: from diary of Henry Balfour, 1921-22, from the Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford; black-and-white

46696-46762 sketches: from diary of Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1876; from Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford; colour

46764-46785 sketches: from H.H. Godwin-Austen diary,1872-73; from Library, Royal Geographical Society, London; black-and-white

47687-46850 sketches: from J.H. Hutton, "Two Tours in the Naga Hills," 1923; black-and-white

46852-46959 illustrations: from books and articles; colour and black-and-white

46961-47007 sketches: of animals, from S.H.Prater and P.Barruel, "The Book of Indian Animals",1965; colour

47010-47177 maps: sketch maps of Nagaland

47179-47305 photographs: by C.Pawsey, 1937; C.A.Gourlay; F.Engledow; L.E.Macgregor; from Centre for South Asian Studies archive, Cambridge; black-and-white

47306-47730 photographs: by J.H.Hutton, 1913-23, from the Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford; black-and-white

47731-47837 photographs: by J.P.Mills and J.H. Hutton, 1913-23, from the Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford; black-and-white

47838-48159 photographs: by J.P.Mills, c.1920-36, at School of Oriental and African Studies, Dept. of Anthropology, London; black-and-white

48160-48995 photographs: by W.G.Archer, 1946-48, from private collection; black-and-white

48996-51638 photographs: by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, 1936-7, from private collection; black-and-white

51639-51958 photographs: by Charles Stonor, 1946-48, from the Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford; black-and-white

51959-53623 photographs: by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-46, from the Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford; black-and-white

53624-53767 photographs: sketches from tour diaries; photographs from articles and books; photographs of Nagaland by S.Khilnani, 1987

Sound materials on the videodisc:

Audio track 1

00001-23250 All India Radio excerpts

23300-49550 Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, 1970 field recordings

49620-51340 Field recordings, 1986-7, field recordings, devotional songs:

49620-50610 tape 2, track 1 ;

50670-51340 tape 2, track 4

51350-52600 Ursula Graham Bower, 1986, at Cambridge:

51350-52100 interview ;

52140-52600 song

52620-53999 J.H. Hutton, 1919, wax cylinder recording no. 7 Chang song

Audio track 2

00001-33200 Chants des tribus, Paris:

00001-06750 A/2 Sema

06850-11550 A/3 Sema

11650-17550 A/4 Sema

17700-21150 B/2 Sema

21200-24850 B/3 Zeliang

24860-29300 B/4 Zeliang

29350-33200 B/5 Zeliang

33250-42500 Field recordings, 1986-7:

33250-35910 tape 1, Khonoma

35950-42500 tape 4

42520-49750 J.H. Hutton, 1919 wax cylinder recording:

42520-46020 no.3, "hoiyi olli", Angami song

146050-49750 no.9, "lipeli", Sema song

49800-53750 Angami Naga Students E.P.:

49800-53750 "Nyokro Kevupfe"

51780-53750 "Loswulu"

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