The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: Ang puts on full ceremonial costume
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 17.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: That was indeed an impressive sight. He wore one of the plaited hats one sees here in all villages decorated with a comb of red goat's hair, three huge hornbill feathers and two curved horns. A broad splendidly embroidered baldric went diagonally across his chest and a high multi-stringed 'collier de chien' made up of spirit money encircled his neck. The blue apron, the ends embroidered in several colours, was longer than the one worn daily and on his legs he wore rings of cowrie shells next to the red rattan spirals. The wide bracelets he was wearing on his lower arms were also completely covered with cowrie shells. In his hands he held a dao decorated with goat's hair and a spear similarly decorated. To that he later added a shield of mithan skin