The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: through millet fields and field house
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tanhai
date: 11.7.1936
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: Finally we came to a ridge and then the trail went uphill again. At first we now passed through the jhum fields of Tanhai where the millet was already full of grain. In the midst of the millet we also saw several stalks which had bunches of larger grain. it was unfamiliar even to Mills. This kind of grain ripens first but is not much appreciated. It is cooked for the funeral meal, that is funeral sacrifice of a man who had died by drowning; 'apotia' death. In between the fields stand rather big field houses. Numerous burnt bamboo pipes stood along the path near to the entrance into the village. They had been used in spring at the genna associated with building the field huts.