Expedition Naga: diaries from the hills in Northeast India 1921-1937 & 2002-2006
Expedition Naga is an exciting multi-sensory trip into one of the world’s most remote and least accessible regions the interiors of Nagaland in Northeast India near the border of Burma (Myanmar) to meet the Naga, a people once* notorious for their headhunting activities. Many areas had not seen foreigners for over 80 years when Peter van Ham and Jamie Saul were granted special permission to do their fieldwork. The resulting film, still images and accounts are groundbreaking. They also allow for direct comparison with the diaries and photographs of British administrators-cumexplorers from expeditions in the 1920s and ’30s in the same areas, showing clearly the continuity of and changes to the Naga culture over that period.
With nearly 600 stunning contemporary and historic photographs, most of which are published here for the first time, along with 140 minutes of film on the enclosed DVD, Expedition Naga allows the reader to explore both the present and the past of one of the least known, yet most interesting cultural realms on the planet, as has never been possible before.
Peter Van Ham & Jamie Saul