The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-seven. Return to Nagaland
caption: greeting from Ang of Chui wearing black shorts and brass head chest ornament
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Chi (Chui)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: We were courteously greeted by the Ang, a slim dignified man wearing a tight brass belt over a pair of black shorts, and a chest ornament of four brass heads. The Ang of Chui I had known was no longer alive, and we were in the presence of his son. A younger brother of the Ang wore similar ornaments but no shorts. The Ang invited us into the huge front-hall of his house. At the back where he used to hold court and receive his guests there was a corner hung with Burmese gongs, wild boar's tusks and other indigenous ornaments, and recently decorated also with colour prints of Nehru, Radhakrishnan and other Indian celebrities. We were offered tea, and when for old times' sake I asked for rice-beer, some beer of rather poor quality was produced.