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: extraordinary clothes of Ang of Shangnyu
medium: books
person: Lupok/ of ShangnyuAuwang/ of Shangnyu
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Sangnyu (Shangnyu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The owner of this colossal building was Lupok, the grandson of Auwang, the chief who had come out successfully in his contest with a usurper belonging to the chiefly house of Pomau. Lupok, a youngish man decorated with the full face-tattoo of a head-hunter, lacked the forceful personality of the Ang of Chui and clearly did not share his distaste of foreign clothes. His fantastic attire consisted of a pair of bright green shorts and a dark plastic jacket, a head-dress of monkey-fur and feathers, and heaps of valuable beads enclosing his neck. His attractive young wife wore traditional dress plus a blue blouse, and among the chief's numerous attendants there was an old man wearing a long dressing gown with stripes in two shades of brown.