The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf Naga diary on his return to Nagaland, 1970

caption: Ang of Mon with little power ; village guards
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Mon
date: 4.9.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: The Ang is an attractive looking young man with a full face tattoo and serow horns in his ear-lobes. He has still great prestige but clearly little power and not much to do. There is now a 'village guard' in khaki uniforms under the orders of the A.D.C., and the Ang no longer disposes over a large force of younger warriors. - He has two wives, daughters of Great Angs. Neither is particularly attractive and when I wanted to photograph them, they appeared in odd garments of white, unbleached cloth, - one with short sleeves, and looking like old fashioned prison clothes. They looked so unused that it seems they are seldom worn. But a pattern has been set. Among the men too there are rather many items of foreign clothes.