The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: rebuilding the house of Thepong morung Ang
caption: Yongwei leads the workers
medium: diaries
person: Yongwei/ of Wakching
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 24.3.1937
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 notice during the first hour that only a few people are working. Most boys and men of the morung went home for breakfast after the old house had been pulled down. Now they slowly appear again on the building site. Again the spirit of the entire task is Yongwei (Yanahu), a man who always wears boars' tusks in his ears and takes the lead on every such occasion. He also is supposed to be one of the most knowledgable men concerning songs and old traditions. Wherever there is a difficult task like dragging in and setting up the posts