The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Four. Above the Clouds
caption: the Konyak houses, a comfortable feeling
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The Konyaks, however, are not so particular. They do not in the least mind getting wet, for unlike the Angami, they seldom wear clothes that are in any way damageable, and they are philosophical enough to know that they are only really safe from the rain and cold in their well-built houses. With their thick roofs of palm-leaf bundles, these Konyak houses give you at once a comfortable impression; and there must be many a family in Europe, crowded together in some diminutive city apartment, who would be happy to have such a spacious dwelling. True, the insides of the houses are dark, but probably for this reason, most of the daily life goes on upon the open platforms at the back. From (35) here you can watch the neighbours at their work and you have a nice view over the little kitchen-gardens, with their flaming red and yellow flowers, which the boys and men, but never the girls, like to wear in their earlobes.