The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Wakching head receiving rituals
caption: magnificent decoration of warriors in dance
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: The dance went around the space next to the morung (96) but the row of dancers was so long that the smallest boys had to dance on the inside of the circle in front of their fathers. The young boys were most magnificently attired. Tall feather crowns on their heads, shells with colourful tassels covering their ears, the crescents of the boars tusks encircling their necks, and the family's entire wealth in the form of necklaces of the yellow 'spirit beads' on the heroes' chests. They were taking step after step their heads proudly held high