The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter One. The Naga Hills
caption: first encounter with Angami Nagas
medium: books
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: (5) A group of road-workers appeared in front of us. They were Angami Nagas -- the first Nagas I was to see. Their dress was unmistakable. Black loin-cloths embroidered with cowrie shells scantily covered the brown bodies, their legs were encased in cane-rings, and hardly a man lacked a necklace of multicoloured stone beads. Bundles of white and black cotton-wool were stuffed into their pierced ears. My first impression of the people among whom I would have to spend the next year was definitely pleasant.