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: log-drums of Yangti Punyona khel and Amachongre khel, Chongtore
medium: notes
person: Yangti Punyona khelAmachongre khelChuba
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Chongtore Pangsha Younyu (Yongnyu)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:16
text: Log-drum - Yangti Punyona khel of Chongtore.
text: Log-drum - Amachongre khel of Chongtore - a thin protruding neck -
text: neatly thatched shed - centre post - skulls of mithan & goat captured at Pangsha expedition.
text: 3 lines of basket heads - 1 fragment of skull above 2 wooden carved heads. The goat was put up because they 'happened to get it' - as an extra - it was the mithan head which mattered. The basket heads represent those who went on the raid. The wooden heads are the heads they took (when the skulls themselves have been lost) - the wooden replicas are put up when the shed is repaired ( ie. in the 3rd year, if not earlier) - as part of the repairing ritual - (the wooden heads were put in 1942) - the skull is a Chang one from Yongnyu - 35 years old.)
text: Another drum with huge wooden buffalo horns - (next door to the chapel in Chongtore) tied to the centre post.