The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: photographs easily interpreted
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 26.2.1937
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 photographs I had taken here in the Autumn caused tremendous shouting and pushing and the girls wanted to see themselves again and again in these pictures. It is often said that photographs mean nothing to primitives and to peoples not used to a two dimensional representation. I could not find this verified here. Even on my tiny pictures the people always recognised themselves and their friends.