The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: disputes and raids between Chen and Choha
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Chen Choha
date: 29.4.1937
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: Since midday one sees heavy smoke rising from the slope below Chen and in the evening the fire had grown so big that a whole part of the mountain seems to be in flames. For some time the situation has become restless again on the other side of the border. The old animosity between Chen and Choha has flared up again and many believe that Choha has set fire to Chen's clearings. In addition Chi is just now on a war expedition against Chinkau as the two villages are still at war with each other although the distance (106) between both villages allows for only the occasional raid. Chinkau has tried several times already to make peace and has even offered the Ang of Chi a payment of tribute, but the people of Chi have always refused and said "We have to get heads from somewhere as after all we want to dance and wear ornaments. As we have made peace with so many other neighbours we cannot afford to come to terms with Chinkau as well".
text: An experience of Medzou's shows how serious the conflict is between Chen and Choha. When he came to Chen before the Oulingbu during his search for pigs and was sitting in the morung in the evening, suddenly a spear came flying through the darkness and brushed past the man of Chen. It only pierced his cloth and did not hurt anyone. The search for the thrower who had had the audacity to sneak into the enemy village brought no result, but no one doubted that it had been someone from Choha. We will hear later how the fire was started and whether it had come to a battle between Chi and Chinkau.