The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Two. Feasts Of Merit
caption: a visit to Khonoma; Khonoma's influence
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Khonoma
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: With Nlamo's help I began questioning old Angami men about their customs, and together we went to some of the neighbouring villages. Perhaps the most picturesque was Khonoma, a village famous for its power and war-like exploits. At one time it dominated a large area and collected tribute from villages within a radius of twenty five miles. But when British rule put an end to raiding, and the weaker villages, no longer needing protection, ceased to pay tribute, the men of Khonoma took to trade and to the manufacture of many articles of Angami dress. The plaited cane-armlets and gauntlets of Khonoma were unrivalled and fetched high prices throughout the Angami country.