The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: slave unwilling to be returned
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Chingmei Ponyo
date: 30.11.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: On Chingmei's request and apparently under the pressure of our presence the Ponyo people brought this supposed slave into our camp, but he does not seem to desire a change of his fate. He speaks Ponyo and has forgotten his Chang and he is tattooed and dressed in Ponyo fashion. As he is married to a Ponyo woman and is apparently a respected member of the village he has no intention of returning to Chingmei, but Ponyo agrees to let him go if he should feel the wish to do so.