The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript tour diary of W.G. Archer, S.D.O. Mokokchung 1947

caption: visit to Khonoma
caption: gaonbura's house
medium: tours
keywords: Sekrengi festivalThekrangi festival
location: Khonoma
date: 31.12.1946
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: After toiling up the spur, I was glad to stop at a gaonbura's house. This is used as a 'theka ki' at the Sekrengi festival and inside it the middle partition was festooned with gigantic reproductions in pith of various necklaces. In the middle panel, red chains were hung round an enlarged version of the half conch shell which adorns the nape of the neck and on either side there were pith chains in black and white. I was told that boys and girls had made them at the festival and had ceremonially garlanded the house.
text: In the same room I noticed a little shelf of split bamboos dangling from the roof and loaded with shrivelled leaves. I was told that these had been placed there by girls of the Khel. During the Thekrangi festival the girls go to the fields gather plantain leaves and come dancing with them to the house.
text: The same house is also used as a Morung and a great sleeping platform runs down one side. I was told that there are no separated young men's houses in Khonoma but a number of private houses are shared by young men with the owners.