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: men's hair style, Thenkoh ( short ), Thendu ( long ), hair pins
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York14:3
text: Thenkoh and Thendu Konyaks shared the use of many ornaments, but in hair style and head ornaments they demonstrated a marked individuality. Thenkoh men cut their hair short, but the men of the Thendu group let it grow and tied it up in a knot at the back of the head. Through this they stuck ornaments of several kinds, the most usual being a broad flat wooden "hairpin," Sometimes painted red and decorated with tufts of red goat's hair. Head-takers wore longer, batonlike "pins" carved with representations of human heads.