The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: poverty and ineffectiveness of Ang
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.3.1937
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,p.23
text: No fields are being planted for the Ang Chinkak this year as he can neither feed the workers nor does he have the rice for planting. Because of his poverty two of his three wives, both from Shiong, have left him. One of them married a Ben man in Shiong, the other is living in another house of the Angban and supports herself by trading with the plains. (See notebook 12 p. 23). When I ask Shankok why they do not depose Chinkak and take a new Ang he says that he is actually quite good at the most important task for an Ang, taking the omen for the new fields together with the Neangbas, and negotiating disagreements. I doubt the latter however as nowadays most differences are settled by the gaonbura.