The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: the Thevo a useless informant
medium: diaries
person: Tepuzi/ of Cheswezumi
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Cheswezumi
date: 6.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
seealso: (See notebook 1).
text: The Thevo who is a pathetic and stupid looking man called Tepuzi from the Pokrunomi clan proved to be totally useless. He stood around indifferently in front of his house without offering us rice beer and he could hardly give us any information about the genealogy of his family. His reason was that he had been a Thevo for only ten years and had not been able to learn these matters. Later it turned out that he's actually only the Thevo of one khel and is not of the original Thevo's family, only his grandfather who had been a great headhunter, as the heads on his house showed, usurped the title of Thevo for part of the village.