The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: ceremonial of rice harvest, the Ou-nie-ba
medium: diaries
person: Apong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 25.8.1936
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: When we arrived in the village we first sat down in the Bala morung. As we were not expected the initial reception was not overwhelming. However, after a little while an ancient old man, a former gaonbura, brought us a few bananas and finally the dobashi, Apong, appeared. The fact that today is the first day of the Ou-nie-bu is not expressed in particular festivity and cheerfulness but the men sit around lazily or sleep in the morung in bright daylight. The women, on the other hand, are busy with domestic chores and on many a platform one can see them spread out snow-white cotton fluff which is then tied up with palm leaves into bales.