The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: customs at rice harvest in Tanhai
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Tanhai
date: 1.9.1936
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: (249) In the afternoon came the old gaonbura of Tanhai, Sho-bong, who is a particularly interesting person. First I asked him about the Ou-nie-bu in Tanhai. It is held unfortunately on the same day as in Wakching but there not only one man goes to the fields to get the first rice but the entire village. But here too there is one man, the Dunong-ba of the Yingam clan, who is the first to build his field house. The office is inherited and the ancestor of the present Dunong-ba, Mekshin, is supposed to have founded Tanhai. The Tanhai people also have the tradition of having come across the Brahmaputra and then along the Dikhu.