The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: description of village
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang
date: 19.3.1937
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 now go through the village. It is situated at the highest point of a narrow ridge and it consists only of two rows of houses built closely together. They completely adjust themselves to the rocky and uneven ground. For some houses a natural rock is used as a foundation and they are perched so high that the inhabitants have to climb up a tree trunk with carved steps. The uneven terrain naturally causes a great deal of variation in the type of building. (199) But even beyond that the houses show a surprising degree of variation.
text: There are no less than three kinds of roof shapes: The roof form of Wakching with a frontal curve extending deeply across the door, a tall gable roof with a frontal gable open and a gable roof with closed gable as in the houses of wealthy Ao