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: head-taker's model man
medium: notes
keywords: genna
location: Khonoma
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:23
text: Re the headtaker's model man, Khonoma all refused to carve and sell one saying it would weaken the Khel in war 'to sell a man' - it was genna to 'make a man' for anyone not of the Khel - the object is to get heads - not to lose them - parting with a little carved figure would be like losing a head.