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
medium: notes
location: Holongba (Holungba) Noko (Nukhu)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:42
text: Holungba.
text: 1. Log drum with thin protruding neck and small face - 2 hornbill heads at the tail - a piece of skull nailed to the face (a Kalyu Kenyu one from Nukhu in Nov. 1938).
text: 2. In another khel a drum with fully carved buffalo's head and horns.
text: It is as if the drumming gives the monster a life of its own - the protruding head gently nods as the dumb-bells hammer the trunk - as if the great animal were acquiesing in the rhythm.