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: warrior status without head-hunting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Noksan (Noksang)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 13:28
text: Chang. Noksang. When a boy got his first head - qualified to wear a dao with red hair, a dao box with figure of man on it, boars tushes, tattoo - a thin white ear ornament, red spear. Now that the Government has stopped head-taking, a man must either kill a tiger in which case he gets full warrior's status or must 'stay like a woman'.