The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: heavy drinking after dance and discussion of treaties
medium: diaries
person: Monkokutem/ of ChingmeiChingmak
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Panso Noko (Nokhu)
date: 5.12.1936
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: (34) After we have watched the dance for some time and I have taken numerous photographs, we go back to our camp while the Panso people go on dancing into the dark evening, finally to the light of a huge fire. Enormous quantities of madhu are consumed and at night I see Monkokutem, the gaonbura of Chingmei, stagger into the camp utterly drunk. What happened to Chingmak is especially funny. He too was watching the dance and then had many another drink in Panso. At this feast he acts as a peace envoy. Treaties between Panso and Nokhu and god knows how many other villages are discussed and decided upon and it was quite late when he came home, his nose glowing. When put on the spot by Nokhu in the morning as to his political activities, he declared ignorance on all and was most astonished when others told him of the peace plans he had outlined.