The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: an incident at Jakphang and Yakthu
medium: diaries
person: Pongwei/ of Kamahu
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Jakphang Yakthu Mongnyu
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: In the evening the Kamahu dobashi, Pongwei, came with two gaonburas of the Mongnyu village. They reported the following incident. The two southern Konyak villages, Jakphang and Yakthu, both in the controlled area but outside the Kamahu-Yungya triangle where all warfare is prohibited, had been enemies many years ago but had made peace already a long time now. Recently however a Jakphang youth whose father once was killed by Yakthu took the head of a Yakthu man to revenge his father. His village companions however want to live in peace with Jakphang (sic should be Yakthu) and decided to hand over the overly zealous avenger to Yakthu. He however found out about the intention and went to Mongnyu for protection which that village gave him uncautiously. Jakphang was outraged about this and took the heads of two Mongnyu women who were working in the fields. (28) Mongnyu, which is situated in the Kamahu-Yungya triangle, and therefore is not allowed to engage in warfare, now is turning to Smith to help, but as Jakphang is as remote from the administered area as is Chingmei, action encounters tremendous difficulties.