The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: construction of dam and poison being crushed
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 6.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: I take topee and camera and limp over the stones upstream where a dam is being built and the poison is crushed. (13) However this takes place on the other side of the river which here rushes past big boulders. With my camera held high I try to wade across through the strong current. I arrive safely despite the slippery stones. On this bank the young men stand together in groups of eight or ten around holes in the ground in which they crush the poison with strong sticks. With rhythmic calls all the sticks of one group fall to the ground simultaneously