The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: arm rings, necklaces, cane gauntlets and leggings
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York13:6
text: Both men and women wore arm rings and neck ornaments of various shapes and materials, and many rich men possessed gauntlets covered with cowries and decorated with small tufts of red goat's hair. Only those who had attained the status of head-taker were entitled to wear gauntlets of plaited cane and cane rings dyed red. Cane leggings were worn by all men and boys in years in which a captured head had been brought into the village. On such occasions men plaited the cane onto each other's legs and there the leggings remained until they decayed and fell off.