Expedition Naga Diaries from the Hills in Northeast India 1921-1937 & 2002-2006
Hardcover with free CD
Territory: USA and Canada
Size: 12 in x 10 in
Illustrations: 453 color, 150 b&w
- A vivid comparison of culture, living conditions and social circumstances in the Naga Hills in Northeast India in the 1920s and '30s and the present (2002-06) through photographs, film and text
- Includes a free documentary DVD; this is the first time that contemporary film material from the area has been seen
Expedition Naga is a multisensory trip into one of the world's most remote and least accessible regions. Diaries written by British administrators/explorers during punitive expeditions in the 1920s and '30s against the Naga, a people once notorious for their headhunting activities, are compared with contemporary notes written during the last 5 years when the authors were given special permission to do fieldwork in the long-forbidden border areas between India and Myanmar (Burma).
Four hundred contemporary and historic photographs, most of which are published here for the first time ever, allow the reader to explore both the present and the past of one of the least known, yet most interesting, cultural realms as it has never been possible before. Also enclosed is a free DVD that contains 150 minutes of rare historic and contemporary footage never seen before.
This book will appeal to travellers, anthropologists, as well as anyone interested in exploration and photography. Furthermore, the subject is spectacular in that many rituals, such as headhunting and other rites associated with fertility, are still taking place, since the area has been closed for such a long time. The culture of the Naga people is amazing to witness in the twenty-first century when such cultural traits rarely exist. The reader will learn that they are not associated with Indian culture, but rather with African or Indonesian.