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: the interior; house finished
medium: diaries
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
seealso: notebook 12 pp.16ff
text: In the meantime the older men are working on the interior walls of the house. Shankok is mostly occupied with splitting bamboo which he does in an ingenious way by pulling a bamboo which has been split into four parts at the beginning a cross made of two bamboo sticks (sic). (See notebook 9 p. 190). By four o'clock the roof is almost finished, only the ridge beam and the protruding beams remain to be tied up by the old men. (Notebook 12 p. 7). By a quarter to five the the house has been completed so far that the boys once more get on the roof and sing a long chant, led by Yongwei