The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

sketches, some coloured, by Nell Lugard, c.1893

caption: Angami Naga in full ghenna (festival) dress
caption: The dress is worn at the great harvest festival. Before the Naga tribes came under British rule, each feather worn denoted an enemy's head taken in raids on villages of other clans. The ear ornaments and the 'sporran' are made of goat's hair dyed scarlet, the sporran being also elaborately trimmed with beetle wings and cowries. The armlets are of ivory, the neck ornaments are shells and boar-tusks. The instrument made of wood held in the hand, is that with which the rice is beaten during the festival, to the drone of monotonous chanting.
medium: sketches
ethnicgroup: Angami
person: Lugard/ Nell
date: [1893] approx.
refnum: 17:49
note: documentation based on original source information unless within square brackets
person: Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
refnum: 1949.8.30