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: attitudes to head-taking in Chaoha
medium: notes
person: Sewang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Choha (Chaoha)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 13:17
text: Konyak tribal - Chaoha - Sewang gb.
text: 'We bring heads to show that we are warriors'.
text: 'If we do not get a head every year, the crops will be bad, the pigs and cattle will not increase, our children will get ill'.
text: 'We cannot say why this should be. It has always been like that.'
text: 'If the Govt. stops head-taking, all our young men will be weaklings. They will all be feeble cowards'.