The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: Ang does wood carving copy of figures on morung posts
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 16.10.1936
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: Furthermore the Ang agrees to copy for me the two figures of a morung posts. He starts immediately and I admire how he extracts the figures out of a block of wood with dao and a chisel first in rough outline. Every one of the strong blows hits where it is supposed to and it seems as though he never has to think about the next move. (143) The more detailed work is done with a small curved knife.