Hampe's widow : a portrait of a woman in warrior's dress

Scope and Content

B&W photographic print. 'Mills went to the village of Yungya to free prisoners from other villages. Coming back from this expedition, he arrived at the village Kamahu wiht four of the prisoners and was received with a dance of welcome performed by the women of which this is one, the widow of Hampe, wearing her late husband's hat, etc. He wrote to Balfour that "they wore men's hats, boar's tushes and carried headless spears. The dance was at the prisoners and presumably meant to show them the sex and quality of the warriors good enough to beat them... I think it was lucky the prisoners had a guard on them, or they would have been scratched to bits".'

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Ethnic group: Naga

Ethnic group: Konyak Naga

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

9.5 x 7 cm

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by J.P. Mills