The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Fifteen. Yimpang's Black Day
caption: a bagpiper plays in deserted square
medium: books
person: Williams/ Major
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Yimpang
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: We were obviously not a social success in Yimpang; even the air seemed to hang heavily round us and Major Williams determined to try to brighten up the atmosphere with a little music. He made one of his Gurkha bagpipers play Scottish airs on the open space in front of one of the morung and the strange sounds did actually draw some of the intimidated inhabitants from the shelter of their houses. It is improbable that they enjoyed this artistic performance very much but the music seemed to allay their suspicions and they may have felt that intending looters and murderers would hardly waste time in producing these ludicrous sounds.