Europeans on Nagas

Naga Identities:
Changing local cultures in the Northeast of India

by Michael Oppitz, et al
Snoeck, 2008

In 1939, an exhibition at the Museum für Völkerkunde in Vienna showcased the Austrian anthropologist Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf's collection of "bizarre", "exotic" Naga cultural artefacts. It was by all accounts a great hit. Seven decades later, a series of exhibitions across Europe is under way again to showcase Naga artefacts for the general public. The exhibition is also accompanied by a new book, Naga Identities, edited by the German anthropologist Michael Oppitz. Both undertakings offer important new opportunities by which to gauge the continued European fascination with the Naga, who for the past century have been one of the more 'exoticised' of Southasia's communities.

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