The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: head taking dance in Tamlu fails to start
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tamlu
date: 17.12.1936
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: (73) Yesterday already I had told the Tamlu dobashi and the gaonburas that I would like to see the dance which is held on the day after the bringing in of a head. I also asked whether the young men might start not too late as I wanted to take photographs. Of course they would only be too happy to dance for me. They would do nothing else all day long. When I brought up the topic again in the morning it was said that the dance would start as soon as the sun had risen a bit higher and the fog had gone away. After two hours the dancers supposedly were all ready and were only fortifying themselves with a little snack. They apparently were still occupied with this enjoyable pastime when the sun started to go down again.