The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: tying bamboos on baskets and head-receiving shouts
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
date: 18.12.1936Tamlu
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: As soon as we have left the village behind the boys fetch themselves young, still yellow, unfurled leaves from the palm trees which can easily be spliced into strips. They sat down in groups and tied these long strips to their baskets letting them hang down in thick bundles and sweeping the ground behind the younger boys. Now already as they run down the path to the Dikhu they burst out into the shrill high shouts which sometime remind one almost of a yodel and which are firmly part of the ritual of bringing in a head.