The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: negotiations to buy objects ; linguistic skills
medium: diaries
person: Medzou
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 18.4.1937
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: Wakching 18/4/1937
text: My collection is growing more and more. Now before the Oulingbu people need money and every day they besiege us with all sorts of objects. A sale means lengthy negotiations to them and usually they ask initially for a totally fantastic price, but even the price we finally settle on is usually still high enough. Again I worked on the language and went through pronouns. There is not only a dual plural but an inclusive and exclusive one as well. Surprisingly Medzou explained the difference between exclusive and inclusive plural entirely on his own initiative by using an example and did it so well that no schoolmaster could have done better. His understanding is superb.