The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Account of the valley of Munnipore and of the Hill Tribes' by Major W. McCulloch

caption: Tangkool tribe - hairstyle; officials; dress
medium: articles
ethnicgroup: Tangkool
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: The tribe next to the Murring, the Tangkool, though still a numerous one, was formerly much more numerous and flourishing than it is at present. This tribe occupies houses such as those of the Murring, which resemble in appearance those of Munniporees. Many of them also dress their hair as the Murrings do, but the majority crop it. Amongst the Tangkools, the offices of Koollakpa and Koolpoo are hereditary. The Koollakpa is entitled to the heads of all game caught. At feasts and elsewhere he and the Koolpoo occupy the seats of honor, but, otherwise their offices are unprofitable. They have festivals similar to those of the Koupooees in all respects. They bury their dead in the same fashion, but the strict prohibitions against intermarriage have no existence amongst them. On the marriage of his son, the father becomes a person of secondary importance in the house, and is obliged to remove to the front part of it. In dress, the men and women resemble the Koupooees. The men, however, though like their neighbours having the pendent cloth in front, would consider themselves naked unless tightly through an ivory ring was drawn the foreskin. On occasions of rejoicing and in war, the Tangkools wear a head dress of wicker work having in front a brass disc or cymbal, and dangling on each side the hair of enemies killed.