Gunmaker, Nagaland

Category: Travel Portraits

 

Photo and caption by Tom Payne

On the very fringe of India a gunmaker works as his father and his grandfather diid before him, carving wood from Myanmar to the East or India to the West with home-made tools, moulding and shaping steel recycled from the drive shafts of old cars. His weapons are works of art used by the men of the villages to hunt, or as ceremonial pieces. But some almost certainly find their way into the hands of the Naga freedom fighters, five groups determined to unite the divided Nagaland, and to protect its meagre assets. But the gunmaker is without politics: he just makes beautiful guns.

Location: Nagaland, India

 

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