The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: description of Ang of Hungphoi and his clothing - yak hair ornaments
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 26.2.1937
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: In the morning the weather was quite good but towards noon it clouded over again. I started off about one o'clock and with me came the Ang with several companions and a gaonbura. It was a splendid procession as the coolies too were decorated as though on the way to a feast. But the Ang himself is a man of rare beauty and his costume was as simple as it was picturesque. He was wearing a headdress of bear skin, above the wide hairband of bamboo dyed red (96) on which two long black bird feathers were moving up and down. In his hair knot around which dark red bulges are wound, is a little board decorated with goat hair. Red and blue is the colour of his necklace which is made up of numerous thin bead strings and from which a brass mask is suspended, as worn by head-hunters. He has more than two dozen red rattan bracelets on each arm and red are the spirals on his legs. A blue cloth is hanging from his tight cane belt and a small basket rests against his hip covered with palm leaf fringes and moving along with every one of his springy steps. In his ears however there are large bundles of yak hair dyed black which now is the great fashion among the Konyak.
text: This all would not be sufficient however if his body were not of complete perfection and every one of his movements in harmony and full of unconscious dignity. The face too, with its straight nose and prominent cheek bones is well formed. The "little Ang", his cousin, is much like him but of somewhat smaller stature and with a funny facial expression.