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: village of Noklak; slate roofs
medium: books
location: Noklak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Looking at the houses of Noklak, there is little doubt that we have left the land of the Changs and are now in the country of a very different people. Dark grey slates cover the roofs of the small houses, standing close together and side by side. We are among the Kalyo Kengyus, the legendary "stone-house dwellers." By this name the other Nagas call the tribes living on the western slopes of the Patkoi. How far their land extends to the east it is still impossible to say. Are they a homogeneous people like the Changs? Do they consist of many different tribes with different languages and different cultures? The answer to all these questions can only be found in the future, when the country is finally surveyed and its people become the subject of further observation.