The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Aukheang morung perform final ceremony for head, feasting and dancing
caption: making artificial heads of bamboo
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 17.1.1937
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: I too go off to eat and when I return after a good hour away, nothing of importance has occurred. Now the old men sit in front of the morung and are carving the horns which are to be fastened to the cane-work balls representing heads. These balls too, to some degree, still have to be made and I observe the clan eldest of the Knoknokhu, how expertly he is plaiting the artificial heads from split bamboo