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
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Naked Nagas
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: The houses in these villages are similar to those already described being raised from the ground, the ridges instead of being straight are hog-backed. They are very closely packed on either side of long streets, the eaves touching, and the projecting front gable-ends of opposite houses often overlapping each other: the result is that even in the middle of the brightest day the streets are wrapped in gloom so great as to make it difficult to distinguish objects in the front verandahs, the few flecks of sunlight which fall upon the roadway here and there only serving to make the darkness greater. In the front verandah of some of the houses is a small enclosed room containing a bed and fireplace.