The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: costumes and adornments of Pangsha peace envoys
medium: diaries
person: Sangba
location: Pangsha
date: 25.11.1936
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: It is a steep path through dense jungle with little visibility and we are careful not to fall into a trap. (239) Finally we see four men with a goat and a chicken, the envoys with their offerings of peace. One of them is an old man, the others are middle-aged. Their attire is in no way remarkable. The belts are similar to the ones worn by the Chang but seem to be tighter. One is embroidered with wild job's tear and has a wooden dao holder fastened to it. I do not notice any adornment and tattoos are difficult to see. It restricts itself to chest and arms and seems to be different from the Chang tattoo. One of the men is wearing a dark blue cloak with red dog hair rectangles, the others only are wearing some unidentifiable rags of greyish-brown colour. We all sit down and the talks start with the help of Sangba as translator.