The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: brass ornaments being made
medium: diaries
person: Wangpo/ of Wakching
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 3.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (8) Wakching 3/4/1937
text: In Wakching there is a smithy in every morung but only that of the Angban produces the popular brass ornaments. Wangpo works here, a man whose father had come from Chi with Chinkak's father. He is of the small Ang clan and his wife is from Shiong. While the other smiths make daos and spear heads with Yanmong of the Oukheang being the best of them, Wangpo has specialized in the production of jewellery. The two forms of ornaments in which he excells and where he has become the unparalleled master at least in the Administered area of the Naga Hills are the brass bracelets in the shape of a tooth-edged ring which are worn by men and women, and the wrist band worn by women only which consists of twenty brass rings slipped over a bamboo cylinder.