The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: myths of origins of Chang people of Tuensang
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Tuensang Champio
date: 9.12.1936
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: (46) Camp Tuensang 9/12/1936
text: The rest of today we use for a detailed inspection of the village Tuensang, by far the biggest and most important of the Chang villages from which all others claim to descend. As once the Chang had emerged from a ficus tree on a mountain above Tobu, they first settled in a place called Champio between Hakchang and Tuensang and from there they founded the latter. The people who until then had lived on the present day Tuensang, actually precisely at the site of our camp, were called Shitham, and are supposed to have been Konyak similar to the ones of Tobu. They partly emigrated to Nakshu and partly stayed in Tuensang among the Chang.