The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: women work harder than men; women's work
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 11.3.1937
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: I once more saw from his description of his sister-in-law's work-load that the women here do work harder than the men. While these still stretch themselves on their beds the women already are off fetching water and cooking breakfast and the food to be taken to the fields. (164) On the fields their work is much the same as the men's but while these now in the cool season return without a care, the women carry baskets piled high with taro back to the village, then they have to get wood and water late in the evening, have to stamp rice for the evening meal and the next morning, and cook supper, but the men, once back in the village, have little to do.