The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: fermented bananas
medium: diaries
person: ChinyangMedzou
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 17.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (20) Wakching 17/2/1937
text: I knew that Smith's arrival would cause such a commotion that it would not be possible to work normally with the people of Wakching, therefore I went through the village around 9 am., at least to take advantage of the early morning. In Chinyang's house I found apart from Chinyang and his wife, Medzou sitting at the fire as well. They were drinking tea and eating bananas which had been allowed to ferment for some time in madhu. They did not look very appetizing but tasted quite good.