The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: description of five skulls collected; pollution of skulls
medium: diaries
person: Mache
ethnicgroup: Yimchungr
location: Yimpang
date: 22.11.1936
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: When we had left the village we sat down and made two conditions to the gaonburas. One was to return to decent Mache his fields, the other that the skulls of the Saochu people be handed over to us. Our guard of young Chingmei warriors who had accompanied us everywhere here and had functioned as advance troop went to get the latter from the village without finding resistance. There were five skulls interesting in every respect. The flesh was dried but well preserved and one sees clearly that the men have been scalped, not however the women who had short cropped hair as is common for some Konyak clans (especially for the so-called "slave" clan). The men's hair is used for the adornment of weapons and ornaments. One of the skulls had an entire frame made up from two wooden horns and a hornbill bird tail made of wood