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The Konyaks Last of the Tattooed Headhunters Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Nov 2017
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And now, Phejin [Konyak] has written a book, The Last Of The Tattooed Headhunters (Roli books), documenting the tattooing traditions and the headhunting rituals of her ancestors. She collaborated with photographer Peter Bos to explore the changing ways of life and culture of this warrior clan.--NPR "I never felt intimidated or threatened -- they were very warm," recalled Bos, a Dutch portrait photographer, in a phone interview. "We think of headhunting as something evil or rough, but for them it was more just a way of living.--CNN
About the Author
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.
About the 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.
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