The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: Ang dances and performs head-hunters dance
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: Not satisfied to be photographed in a dignified pose he started to move in slow dancing steps after a short time and began to sing. Of course I was enthusiastic, the more so when he performed a real head-hunter's dance, including the slow approach (146), the signs to his imaginary companions and finally the jumping onto the victim and cutting off the head of the victim sprawling on the ground. Then followed the victory dance with renewed singing