The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: refugees from the storm
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 4.5.1937
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: The whole situation was so funny that I had to laugh despite the momentary discomfort, but Nlamo took the situation more seriously and sat around looking peeved. The servants' hut too had suffered considerably and many of their possessions were wet through and through. After a while two Dzing-shi boys also found shelter in the morung. They had been with the Totang girls in the girls' house and had fled the storm. It had been raining in and they also were afraid that the storm might blow the house down. The girls therefore had fled into Pongyong's house. It was past three o'clock when I had come into the morung and as I was quite tired I put myself down on one of the planks just like the boys of the morung and tried to sleep. Already at four o'clock in the pitch dark night a cock, sitting under the roof of the morung, started to crow cheerfully. Soon afterwards the sky turned grey, the storm let off and I could return to my tent (124) which had withstood the weather after all. Very glad to see it standing, I crawled into my bed and soon fell into deep slumber.