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: gongs and bells; walking sticks
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: MutaniaSermamenBorduariaNamsangia
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: (79) Gongs, which probably come indirectly from Burmah, are largely used by these tribes, and they cast bells in little clay moulds, the material being apparently a kind of gunmetal, and occasionally brass. The women carry long iron walking staves foliated at the upper end. Another lighter and prettier walking-stick among the Yangmun people is made of sago palm, decorated with brass rings and furnished with an iron spike.