The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes on the Zemi Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: physical characteristics
caption: height and build
medium: notes
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, ring binder 1
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: Height: individuals of 5'8", 5'7" noticeably above average. Most men are between 5'2" and 5'5". One man of 6'1" is obviously a freak. Average stature appears greater in larger, better-fed villages (Laisong, Hangrum) than smaller, struggling communities. Altitude and therefore climate may have some effect.
text: Build: generally good, with well-developed musculature, particularly of thighs and back. Forearm usually well-developed.