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Handshakes with History: Ursula Graham Bower and the Zemes, and other essays
Expected in Autumn 2017, the upcoming third volume in the Hutton Lectures Series, Handshakes With History brings together the research of six scholars, including anthropologists, historians, and independent researchers, discussing a range of topics centred around Naga material anthropology and social histories, drawing from communities in Nagaland and Manipur states in India. The main chapter, based on the keynote presentation by Catriona Child, and from which the volume receives its title, examines the life and writings of Ursula Graham Bower in the late 1930s and early 1940s leading up to the Second World War. Essays in the volume include 'Clothing, politics, and identity: the attires of Rani Gaidinliu (1915-1930) by Pouriangthanliu Pongringmei; 'The implications of World War 2 on the Nagas' by Zhokusheyi Rhakho; 'The lady in a skirt as explorer' by Temsurenla Ozukum; and finally 'The last of the tattooed headhunters: the Konyaks' by Phejin Konyak. The volume is rich in illustrations and is sure to be a welcome entry into the growing corpus of peer-reviewed critical sociohistorical research by a fresh new community of scholars in the region.