The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: walk to Namsang up Dikhu
medium: diaries
location: Dikhu R.
date: 17.3.1937
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: At first we went through the jungle away along the right hand Dikhu bank and then crossed over at a place where now the water only goes up to one's knees
text: (181) After a while we again come immediately to the Dikhu, then it goes up hill. The bamboo growth now is replaced by a forest of tall straight trunks. Pan plants are growing up many of them. Some of these like green vines have been carefully tied especially to the trunk with bast fibres. Picking and selling pan leaves is a major source of income for the Konyak of these outer foothills. Several camps with good rest houses are set up in the jungle. Here the gatherers rest and cook their food. It is getting hotter and more humid and when finally we get to the fields of Namsang Machamkong we are glad to get some air as in the forest the atmosphere is still and oppressive. The fields which are set between bare tree giants all carefully separated seem to be the old fields.