The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: singing as they drag in morung post
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 24.10.1936
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: While the trunk is pulled forward slowly and in spurts the men repeat a short word phrase which follows the separate pulls. At a particularly difficult stretch of the path they stop and hold the ropes, both rows confronting each other, then the leader starts a rather quick song, the others fall in and at the same time they bend their knees then jump up high. The whole affair ends up with a rather mad yelling and then the troop gets going and often the trunk is pulled rather quickly and surprisingly long stretch. Then the men walking alongside have to hurry up to put down the sticks in time and then gather the ones left behind.