The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Sixteen. Into the Blue
caption: approach of Kalyo Kengyus from Noklak; description of dress
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Noklak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Soon the three old men approach, mistrustfully, eyeing the bayonets of the sepoys, pointed so obviously in their direction. These men are the first real Kalyo Kengyus I have seen, and even at a glance one can see a great difference between them and the Changs of Chingmei. Their heads are rounder, their features more mongoloid, and a small dark blue cloth, tied in some peculiar way round the body, leaves the breast nearly bare. They are richly tattooed, with a large ostrich feather ornament and groupings of suns and small human figures, all doubtless symbols of captured heads. Their small aprons are embroidered with cowries. Through how many hands must these shells have passed while making the long journey from the sea to these mountains?