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 and painting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Kohima
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 15:11
seealso: Hutton, Angami Nagas, 53
text: Angami. Draw with charcoal and yellow stone. Those who actually carve are genna that day - they must do no other work - are given special food by the householder.
text: Kohima Angamis distinguish between 2 kinds of house carving:
text: 1. ordinary - after the requisite gennas - at time of house building - no special sacrifices.
text: 2. nyoyhakizhu - 'clay picturing' - clays and different tones used for painting the walls. (an example, the painted house p. 55 Angami Nagas.)