The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

black & white photographs taken by Ursula Graham Bower between 1937 and 1946

caption: Skullrack in Michivam's house, Ukhrul village
medium: photographs
keywords: raids against British
caption: One of these skulls was reputed to be European - believed to be that of a telegraphist who escaped from Imphal during the attack on the Political Agent and other British there in 1891. Michivam told us these skulls all represented those taken by the village and that there had been at one time many more, but the greater part had been destroyed by a fire. We did not enquire which was the European's skull and Michivam was too tactful to indicate it.
person: Michivam/ of Ukhrul
ethnicgroup: Tangkhul
location: Ukhrul Ukhrul
form: 35mm negatives
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 15.11.1937
note: information based on catalogue compiled by photographer unless in square brackets
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: BT NO 79