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: Naga art
medium: notes
person: Wesielie/ of Kohima
location: Kohima
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 7:7
seealso: Hutton, 'Angami Nagas' 55
text: Wesielie of Kohima who painted the lowest cross board in the photo at p. 55 (mithan being led by a grazier with 2 [?]) - a very expert painter and carver - no special training - an inherited aptitude - slightly mad - died in 1940 - his mother a famous beauty - used to paint for fun - paintings on wood - walls - could also imitate musical sounds, bugle calls etc.
text: Everyone has to fashion dao handles, axe hafts, hoe shafts, handles of adzes, spear sticks - carve spoon tips. Thenyhuthe or marriage sticks (given to a girl on the night of going to her husband - by a boy) - carved - carving, whittling, working in wood etc. is part of everyone's job - everyone is to some extent proficient while a few are very proficient.