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: wood carving
medium: notes
person: NagpunMauwangStonor/ Charles
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:27
text: Everyone recognised Nagpun and were very amused at the photos of girls doing their hair. Mauwang has no dignity but great mobility of features and gesture.
text: Charles Stonor had commissioned a carving from him in 1946 and had given him Rs 10 as advance payment for a sacrificial pig. There is still considerable village prejudice against his carving - Stonor's dobashi fell ill the same day as he had interpreted Stonor's instructions and never recovered. Shortly afterwards there was an epidemic in the village which carried off more than 20 persons. Mauwang had none the less done the carving - 2 hornbills between 2 monkeys - very well executed and designed but a little prosaic.