The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: finally girls stop dancing, Ngapnun takes off costume
medium: diaries
person: Ngapnun
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 25.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Finally after well over sixteen hours of dancing with hardly any interruptions, Ngap-nun and Ngun-ngam are taking off the heavy burden of their jewellery. Ngap-nun drapes her cloth around her hips before she takes off belt and beaded loin cover, but the little Ang's daughter Ngun-ngam (79) who I guess to be about thirteen or fourteen years old continues to run around stark naked all morning long, only with a thin thread around her hips and her necklaces, and she proves to be totally uninhibited when I photograph her together with the Ang's wife.