The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: arrangement concerning bringing in the head
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 25.2.1937
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: The people of Wangla finally find the following solution to their dilemma concerning the heads. They return to their village today and tomorrow will build their field huts, a task which they otherwise would have to postpone for too long because of the head genna. (84) I then am supposed to give them the head only the day after tomorrow, but the men of Oting declare that they could not return to their village without their portion as such a return would be too much of an embarrassment. On the other hand I am firmly determined not to miss the bringing in of the head in Oting.