The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the So-Called Naga Hills, on our North-East Frontier of India', by Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1881

caption: kilted and non-kilted
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: Speaking generally, the Nagas may be divided into two great sections, viz.: (1) the kilted, (2) the non-kilted. The first class embraces all the so-called Angamis, eastern and western. The second class includes all the other tribes, for though all these latter differ from each other in many minor particulars, yet there is a very general resemblance, but the Angami differs most markedly from all the others tribes in every way, appearance, dress, architecture, mode of cultivating, &c., and in nothing is the difference so marked as in the waist cloth, which I shall describe further on. This marks the Angami off from all the others tribes on either side of the Brahmaputra, and I am inclined to think that, whatever the origin of the other Naga tribes, whether they are aborigines or immigrants from elsewhere, they are older settlers than the Angamis, whose origin, however, has yet to be satisfactory settled.