The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: methods of cutting rice
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 7.4.1937
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: (20) Wakching 7/4/1937
text: In the morning I took Kauffmann through the village. We sat down in Shankok's house and I translated some of Kauffmann's questions as he still has problems with his Assamese. Of course he is especially interested in agriculture. We discovered that for the harvest the people take a bundle of rice stalks with the left hand, the thumb at the top, and cut it off, (that is the rice stalk), with a fine toothed knife which they hold in the right hand, the back of the hand facing up. For the ceremonial first cutting the sheaf is put into a small basket which is carried over the shoulder, but for the actual harvest the reapers throw them behind themselves. Millet is harvested differently. For that people carry a large basket on their backs, pick off the shoot and throw it over their shoulder into the basket.