The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: house carving
medium: notes
keywords: head-takingancestorsjapstallies
ethnicgroup: Angami <Eastern
location: Chizami (Chizema) Pfutsero
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 15:3
text: E. Angami, Chizema, Pfutsero. Wooden heads on house front - usually only when a man had taken at least 5 heads did he start to put up wooden tallies - 1 or 2 would merely make him look ridiculous. Chizema was destroyed by the Japs but all the new houses have again displayed in wood the prowess of their ancestors.