The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: head taking procession in Shiong marred by alien clothing
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 20.12.1936
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: Slowly the group now started to move. A single man was dancing in front. The whole troop followed in rows of four or five. (103) But what a contrast to the people of Wakching. While there hardly a foreign piece of dress could be seen in the procession and dancers, here all kinds of rags of indefinable origin spoiled the entire picture. Even in the first row walked a boy in shorts and undershirt, and Ahon's son wore a greyish-blue jumper with long sleeves under his precious decorations. The solemn feeling also was not the same and when we came to a resting place all stopped and a lively discussion developed between Ahon and the young men, apparently concerning what was to be done next.