The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: length of swidden cycle
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 10.7.1936
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: At one point, clearly visible from a distance, we found the grass had been cut in a wide circle both above and below the path. This is done at the end of the clearing in order to show other villages that this important job has been done in time. Wakching has planted some fields around here already five years in a row to save the trouble of clearing. (85) The result then is that they have to lie fallow for fifteen to sixteen years. Only where the soil is as fertile as it is on these slopes is it possible to plant the jhum fields as continuously as it is done here. In general Shiong only plants the same fields two or at most three years in a row.