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: Puchatsuma khel visit Jakhama
medium: notes
keywords: warriorsgenna
person: Puchatsuma khel
location: Kohima Zhakhama (Jakhama)
date: 23.2.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 12:46
text: Feb. 23.
text: Puchatsuma Khel went to visit Jakhama all in full dress - spears, shields, guns - a very few in circular head dress (not then) a huge procession almost one mile long - single line - brilliant yellow necklaces of med fruits, red and green baldrics, black kilts, scarlet and yellow cane leggings, red and white arm bands, white cotton balls in the ear - dazzling colours - genna for a stranger to cross the line, a Bengali man did so and the line immediately set upon him and beat him up - a crowd of girls and women bringing up the rear with the midday rice beer and rations -
text: shields with black bear skins - some edged with hornbill feathers - one warrior with a tail - a dazzling display