The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: visit to Shillong, menhirs and photographs
medium: diaries
person: Keane/ Kissane
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shillong
date: 9.1.1937-14.1.1937
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
note: [outline of entries only]
text: (151) Shillong 10/1/1937 Account of train journey to Gauhati.
text: (152) Arrival in Gauhati. Travelling by car onto Shillong.
text: (153) Continues description of travelling to Shillong into the hills.
text: (154) Breakfast on the road. Description of landscape.
text: (155) Description of landscape and the people seen along the road, their costumes. Arrival in Shillong. Mentions also megalithic monuments in the midst of completely Westernised street scenes.
text: (156) Arrival at Government House.
text: (157) Meeting with Governor, Sir Michael Keane and Lady Keane. Lunch. Afternoon drive with the Governor and his wife beyond Shillong.
text: (158) Megaliths seen on this afternoon drive and walk.
text: (159) Dinner and entry for 11/1/1937 - Morning ride with Captain Peel.
text: (160) After lunch drive to the peak above Shillong with Lady Keane and her daughter. On the way back they passed an area which was literally strewn with megaliths. Took several photos
text: (161) Shillong 12/1/1937 To Cherrapunji together with David Roy, an educated Khasi and expert on Khasi customs.
text: (162) Mentions frequency of iron-working in the Khasi Hills and the lack of stone tools.
text: (163) Mentions photos. of a valley from the road. The photos. possibly show some boys in the foreground. They are mentioned in the text but they are described as very shy.
text: (164) Stop to look at group of 5 menhirs. Groups such as these are memorials for the dead called mawbynna, photographed with some women carrying wood
text: (165) Arrival in Cherrapunji. The house of the Ruler of Cherra is modern. A collection of megalithic monuments is at the river. 5 menhirs, 3 huge boulders and 2 mausolea for the family of the Ruler.
text: (166) The megaliths are photographed with the relative of the accompanying Khasi, David Roy. Near Cherra there is the village Mawswai where an especially tall menhir with a crown on top stands in a row of enormous menhirs
text: (167) Photos. of the village and outlook into the valley.
text: (168) Mentions the Siem system of local rulers. Return to Shillong.
text: (169) Shillong 13/1/1937 Horse race in Shillong.
text: (170) Gauhati, Simalaguri 14/1/1937 Attending morning mass in Shillong.
text: (171) Leaving Shillong after lunch. Drive to Gauhati and train to Simalaguri.]