The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Nineteen. Making the Peace
caption: costume, hair style and tattoos of men from Ponyo and Tsawlaw
medium: books
location: Chingmei Ponyo Tsawlaw
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: In the full light of day we have a better opportunity of observing the men of Ponyo and Tsawlaw. They wear their hair tied up in a knot in exactly the same way as the eastern Konyaks, and their faces, arms, chests, and backs are covered with the most elaborate tattoos. We are astonished to notice that not only on paper but also culturally, the main range of the Patkoi marks the boundary between Assam and Burma. For these men from villages lying on the other side of the mountains, but nevertheless only a short distance from Pangsha, wear the Burmese kerchief on their heads and carry dao of a pattern never found in Assam.