The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: meet a Sema chieftain
medium: diaries
person: Kuvukhu/ of Kuvukhu
ethnicgroup: AngamiSema
location: Cheswezumi
date: 7.6.1936
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
text: On top of the mountain range the path went through open country and near a row of stones at the edge of a field we were expected by a Sema chieftain, Kuvukhu from Kuvukhu of the Zumomi clan, one of the old Sema autocrats and a famous headhunter, whose village, which he himself had founded, only recently was brought under British control. (53) He was not wearing his chieftain's ornaments but had only stuck a few vermooth leaves in his ear lobes to protect himself from evil spirits while travelling through Angami territory.