The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: the Ouliengbu or spring festival
caption: further preparations for festival
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 22.4.1937
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: Some young men are sitting in front of the Angban and cut up indigo leaves on a stone. With the green juice they then dye their wide bark belts which are renewed today. Below the Ang's house (71) and that of the Balang Ang the young men have built a bamboo platform for each on which the girls will dance. Now already some small girls are playing on them, some of them wearing flimsy bright red cloth. The cloths come from the plains of course. The men do not work any more today but women and girls have to fetch water as usual of course. On all platforms people are busy repairing their ornaments and dress and preparing their makeup.