The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: heavy traffic on the path to Borjan; trade with the plains
medium: diaries
person: Chunga
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: Then we waited for Smith at the wayside who however did not come for a long time. Traffic on the path to Borjan is heavy now (26) as people from many villages in the unadministered area as well as from Chi, Leangha, Totok, Chongwe and many more now come through Wakching on their way to the plains where they trade. A whole lot of people from other villages are living in Wakching, for example while we were waiting for Smith a man named Chunga came along who some time ago had come to Wakching with his wife from Chi and had built a house in the Angban. Now he moves between Wakching and Borjan, has no fields but lives from trading and all sorts of occasional jobs. His daughter is married to a Wakching man from the Bala. This case is not unique. There are quite a few people who do not work on the fields.