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: morungs at Chantongia
medium: notes
keywords: moatzu
person: Longzung khelLongdi khelTiyung khelOngpang khelJamer khel
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chantongia Nokpur
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 4:9
text: Ao. Chantongia.
text: Although majority of the village is now Christian, all morungs are in good repair, well thatched, new straw tassels, well stocked with reed torches - camped in for 3 nights by the older members at moatzu - owing to small numbers no longer used as dormitories for boys -
text: Longzung Khel - 5 old men and their children. 3 tigers going down the pillars.
text: Longdi - 10 adults and their children, the small boys not yet christian and collect the reed torches. Tigers, hornbills - the latter classified as
text: 1. developed - the mature Ao style.
text: 2. rudimentary - Nokpur Sungyangli or Nokpur carvings. 'Nokpur village first carved the hornbill on a morung. It was not very expert so we call this way of carving hornbills Nokpur style.'
text: Tiyung Khel - in middle of village. Very smart and neat but no carvings.
text: Ongpang - 16 members, hornbills, 2 human figures.
text: Jamer - very good condition - hornbills.
text: After the first onrush of Christianity, a sullen obstinacy sets in - by reaction, christianity intensifies the old culture - the older members see their way of life dissolving around them - they therefore adhere all the more firmly to the ways of their fathers.