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: drum house at Longtong
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Longtang (Longtong)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 16:38
text: Chang. Longtong.
text: Drum house - wooden blades hanging up = tallies of fish offered to the drum when newly made - skulls of monkeys and wild boar hanging from a ring = animals shot in the forest but not retrieved - found dead later - therefore their heads given to the drum - if retrieved the day shot, heads go to the striker's house - 3 wooden heads - 1 small gourd mask = dummy skulls - a little 'toy' drum - open both ends - long neck - tiger's head - 10'X 1.5' 'because we could not drag a larger one' small khel. 2 other drums in the village - all with tiger's heads - 2 with a hornbill on either side of the neck - in one drum house wooden blades = fish. Little blades = wagtails.
text: The village entrance is called bhagen - 2 little oval plots fenced in with a passage between - chungas put upside down on stakes by the passage 'so that the crops may be plentiful' - the passage blocked at time of war - a palisade beyond the plots. A house in centre of the village like a drum-house but without a drum - villagers gather - make a fire - take omens before dawn from it when to clear jungle for new fields - kill a pigling. (A children's drum - bamboo - 2 feet long also kept there.) Fields are settled from before but fire is kindled to decide when to start - only grown up men gather - boys banned.