The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twelve. Towards Unknown Country
caption: story of famous head-hunter and his death
medium: books
person: PukoviChirongchi
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Anangba
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: He showed us with pride the skull of Pukovi, a notorious Sema Naga who had raided even into the administered territory and often annoyed Mills by his daring misdeeds. Chirongchi told us of the treacherous feat for which Pukovi ultimately paid with his life. Once he had suggested to some neighbouring Semas that they should raid his own village, and he marked roofs with bundles of straw so that the right people should be murdered. It was unfortunate that a girl from Anangba happened to be staying in the village at the time, and was murdered with her hosts. Chirongchi did not forget, and many years later decoyed Pukovi to Anangba and cut off his head with his own hands. Now Pukovi's skull dangled in the drum-house, to the general satisfaction of the villagers of Anangba.