The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: Ao dancing in traditional costume
medium: diaries
person: Blah
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Mokokchung
date: 16.7.1936
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: (106) Before lunch we reached the Inspector's Bungalow which is almost a mile away from the village. For tea we went to Blah's whose bungalow is in a big beautiful garden. Afterwards a dance of the schoolboys had been arranged in a meadow near the fort. The biggest of them must be at least eighteen years old. They were wearing the complete warriors' costume, hornbill feathers stuck into the hairband of bear skin, wide red ribbons crossed over chest and shoulders, the loin cloth embroidered with cowrie shells, the quiver for panjis which is worn as a tail from which long red goats' hair hangs down and finally dao and spear