Local Potters and Indigenous Knowledge Systems: A Case Study Among the Phom Women Potters of Longleng, Nagaland

Department of History and Archaeology, Nagaland University, India

The production of handmade earthen vessels in Nagaland is a long-established craft tradition mainly for household use. This provides an ideal setting to study the different methods of production of utilitarian pottery crafting. The present study focuses on the age-old tradition of using paddles wrapped with cords considered to be one of the oldest traditions in the context of Southeast Asian archaeology and China as well. The study will also engage with the ritual, beliefs, and taboos associated with pottery production and its sociocultural significance.