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The Konyaks : Last Of The Tattooed Headhunters

Phejin Konyak
Photographer: Peter Bos

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A personal journey of a Konyak woman who retraces the steps of her grandfather and great-grandfather by documenting the tattooing practice of the Konyaks a once fearsome headhunting tribe of Nagaland in India, well known for their iconic facial and body tattoos. For the first time this book compiles the most intensive research and documen...tation that has ever been done on tattoo art. It explores the Konyaks' concept of beautification of the body through tattoos, in which the body is understood as a canvas for body art, with inscriptions marked on the skin as a form of rite of passage and cycle of life. This book captures the unique but vanishing practice of the tattooing culture together with the tattoo patterns, their meanings and oral traditions, such as folktales, songs, poems and sayings. It includes descriptions and information on the headhunting and tattooing practices; reasons behind it, techniques used, tattoo artists, different tattoo groups, types of tattoos and personal stories, visually interpreted with illustrations and photographs. Foreword: William Dalrymple; Photographs : Peter Bos.

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Authors

  • Phejin Konyak is the great-granddaughter of a tattooed headhunter Ahon, who was a prominent member of the Konyak tribe and one of the first interpreters during Diaries of Two Tours in the Naga Hills (1923), written by J.H. Hutton, the first ethnographer to venture into the Naga Hills during the time of the British Raj. Phejin lives in Shiyong village, Mon District, Nagaland, India. In between running her farm and writing, she travels to remote villages documenting tattoo patterns and interacting with the older tattooed people.

  • Photographer:

    Peter Bos is a professional portrait photographer from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He travels to remote corners of the world, capturing the essence of unique cultures through strong and intense portraits. His work method is personal; he submerges into the local society, establishes good relationships and has a one-on-one approach.

ISBN
9789351941125
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
240
Weight (kg)
1.5
Height (in)
11.42
Width (in)
8.34
Subject
Photography
Published Date
11/09/17
Publisher
Roli Books

Authors

  • Phejin Konyak is the great-granddaughter of a tattooed headhunter Ahon, who was a prominent member of the Konyak tribe and one of the first interpreters during Diaries of Two Tours in the Naga Hills (1923), written by J.H. Hutton, the first ethnographer to venture into the Naga Hills during the time of the British Raj. Phejin lives in Shiyong village, Mon District, Nagaland, India. In between running her farm and writing, she travels to remote villages documenting tattoo patterns and interacting with the older tattooed people.

  • Photographer:

    Peter Bos is a professional portrait photographer from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He travels to remote corners of the world, capturing the essence of unique cultures through strong and intense portraits. His work method is personal; he submerges into the local society, establishes good relationships and has a one-on-one approach.

ISBN
9789351941125
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
240
Weight (kg)
1.5
Height (in)
11.42
Width (in)
8.34
Subject
Photography
Published Date
11/09/17
Publisher
Roli Books
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Authors

  • Phejin Konyak is the great-granddaughter of a tattooed headhunter Ahon, who was a prominent member of the Konyak tribe and one of the first interpreters during Diaries of Two Tours in the Naga Hills (1923), written by J.H. Hutton, the first ethnographer to venture into the Naga Hills during the time of the British Raj. Phejin lives in Shiyong village, Mon District, Nagaland, India. In between running her farm and writing, she travels to remote villages documenting tattoo patterns and interacting with the older tattooed people.

  • Photographer:

    Peter Bos is a professional portrait photographer from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He travels to remote corners of the world, capturing the essence of unique cultures through strong and intense portraits. His work method is personal; he submerges into the local society, establishes good relationships and has a one-on-one approach.

ISBN
9789351941125
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
240
Weight (kg)
1.5
Height (in)
11.42
Width (in)
8.34
Subject
Photography
Published Date
11/09/17
Publisher
Roli Books

Authors

  • Phejin Konyak is the great-granddaughter of a tattooed headhunter Ahon, who was a prominent member of the Konyak tribe and one of the first interpreters during Diaries of Two Tours in the Naga Hills (1923), written by J.H. Hutton, the first ethnographer to venture into the Naga Hills during the time of the British Raj. Phejin lives in Shiyong village, Mon District, Nagaland, India. In between running her farm and writing, she travels to remote villages documenting tattoo patterns and interacting with the older tattooed people.

  • Photographer:

    Peter Bos is a professional portrait photographer from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He travels to remote corners of the world, capturing the essence of unique cultures through strong and intense portraits. His work method is personal; he submerges into the local society, establishes good relationships and has a one-on-one approach.

ISBN
9789351941125
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
240
Weight (kg)
1.5
Height (in)
11.42
Width (in)
8.34
Subject
Photography
Published Date
11/09/17
Publisher
Roli Books