The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: trouble with Nlamo over forgotten table
medium: diaries
person: Nlamo
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 3.5.1937
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: While Nlamo was busy setting up my tent I noticed that my table and chair were nowhere to be seen. (116) I asked Nlamo about them who had not at all noticed that they were missing and now was making a stupid face. Of course he had forgotten them but he immediately assumed the position typical of most native servants and declared that it was not his fault but that I should have remembered myself as they were always near me. I should have told him that I wanted them taken and this after almost a year of going on tour with me. When I said that they simply had to be fetched he acted insulted. Finally Yongem was sent back to Wakching to get them. Of course it was below his dignity to carry anything himself and he hired two boys who I then had to pay.