The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: complexities of house list of Bala morung after a fire
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 2.5.1937
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 2/5/1937
text: This morning I went to the Bala morung where I started with a list of the inhabitants. This is even more time consuming than in the other morungs as in some houses there are two families with separate hearths. The reason for this is the fire of last spring which affected most of the khel. As it was impossible to rebuild all houses at the same time, in many cases brothers or cousins moved together into one house, but they have separate hearths, fields and rice granaries, and are not in the same economic unit. In other houses such as Dzemang's and Metlou's, older and younger brothers also live together but do not have separate hearths and work together on the same fields. Otherwise not much occurred.