The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: Konyaks seem a different race; chest ornaments
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongnyu
date: 7.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: The difference to the Angami is startling. One has the impression that one confronts an entirely different race of people. The Konyak are much smaller than the Angami and the slope of their skulls is also different. Due to the constant chewing of betel, their lips are usually dyed a nice red which enforces the slightly feminine appearance of some of the male youths. An older man whose photograph I took (photos, film 16 no 39 and 1), wears a small, finely carved wooden mask on his chest, the sign of the head-hunter. Two small human figures tattooed on his chest also are witnesses to his deeds