The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: return journey to Wakching blocked by trees
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 5.5.1937
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: When the sun is already low I start off on the return journey but Metlou is not to be found. He already had been slightly tipsy when I had last seen him and I suspect that he must be lying down in a friend's house, more or less drunk. (137) As it turned out later this assumption was correct. So now I go off with Yongem. Several times our way is blocked by heavy trees which the storm had brought down. Entire holes have been created in the jungle, but as far as I can see the trees are not uprooted but have all been broken off. The force of the gale must have been terrible here. Yongem shows me the place where the evening before yesterday while bringing my table he had seen a leopard who fortunately had run away from him. Of course one never has this kind of encounter while carrying a gun.