The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: agricultural methods; making terraces
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
seealso: notebook 12 p.65notebook 12 p.64
text: After planting the fields are cleared and all the dried up straw, the grass and wood bits, are piled up in small intervals and burnt. Chillies, garlic and ginger are grown in the place where the fire had burnt. (24) In very steep fields long tree trunks are set horizontally across the slope to stop the soil from being washed away. Some earth is put against these beams so that above each trunk there is a narrow level strip. Taro and maize are planted on this strip and rice is grown on the steep parts of the slope. (See notebook 12 p. 65). Some fields are planted three years in a row but most of them only for two years. (Notebook 12 p. 64).