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: defensive stockades
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York21:6
text: The corpse platforms stood usually just outside the village stockade. In administered territory fortifications were no longer necessary, and Wakching had given up maintaining a defensive fence. Several nearby settlements had nominal stockades, but Konyak villagers in unadministered territory continued to be on guard, and they surrounded their villages with wooden palisades, the stakes secured with bamboo and cane lashings and spiked with sharpened bamboo spikes.