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: underground resistance and destruction of Longkhai
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Longkhai
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: Another reason for the transformation of Longkhai was the fact that at the height of the struggle between the secessionary underground movement and the forces of government, the whole community got involved in hostilities and that resulted in the burning of much of the village, including the Ang morung. The beautiful carvings, which had impressed me so much in 1936, must have gone up in flames, and my photographs are now the only document of these fine specimens of Naga sculpture. Though after the fire the morung were rebuilt, the spirit had gone out of morung-life, and two of the reconstructed buildings were soon allowed to fall into disrepair.