The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: working on word list
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 3.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Towards evening I worked for a full three hours on the word list with the gaonburas Medzou and Metlou. The word 'ah' has three different meanings depending on the tone, that is fire, axe and a type of bamboo. I established with certainty today that there is after all a difference between 'g' and 'k' but the two sounds are so similar that the distinction often is difficult to make.