The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: sunburn
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: My skin begins to turn red and the sun burns straight down without relief. I jump across some smaller dams. In front of a big one stand several girls up to their middles in water. I circumvent it on the left shore and do not consider that thereby I move to Uncontrolled Territory, that is out of British India. Earlier also this idea had not occurred to me when I moved around on this side of the river. Longingly I look out for shade and a place to rest but nothing of the sort is to be seen. In a bend of the river are some people from Shiong and Ahon greets me laughing about my appearance. Deeper water makes it possible to swim here and I rest a bit under an overgrown rock while holding on to an overhanging root.