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: perfect co-ordination of workers when threshing
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: There was an atmosphere of excitement, and though the workers were covered in sweat they seemed to have unbounded (247) energy and to enjoy the common activity. Shoupa devoted himself mainly to me, but now and then gave some orders. However, any direction seemed superfluous, for everyone appeared to know exactly what to do and there was perfect co-operation between the groups. Most of the older men were virtually naked, but the younger men wore black shorts, and a few of the small boys wore, in addition, white vests -- certainly superfluous in the fierce heat.