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: houses and house decoration; daos
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami <Eastern
location: Razama (Razami) Thetcholumi
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: The houses of these people are rather larger than those of the more western villages, and more decorated with external carvings. The construction is, however, exactly similar. The front boards are ornamented with various devices in black, maroon and white, concentric circles being the favourite design.
text: At Razami, Thetcholumi, &c., the fronts of the houses are almost covered with a number of dolls about a foot long, of wood or clay dressed as Angami men and women, and suspended by the armpits. Imitation spears and shields, corresponding to the size of the dolls, are interspersed among them, and also rows of small clay cows.
text: At Razami the houses are many of them roofed with shingles, often of a very large size. (55) The Eastern Angami dao is of peculiar shape; it has a large square blade, and is double edged, the handle being attached to the centre of the blade.