The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: tea party to celebrate coronation of George VI
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Borjan
date: 12.5.1937
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: Borjan 12/5/1937
text: Early in the morning I labelled a few more things and finished the packing as far as that is possible at the moment. In the afternoon we listened to the coronation of King George VI on the radio, his own words and the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was quite impressive and even the description alone made it obvious that it must have been a splendid spectacle. Castle gave a tea party to his employees and workers. One could hardly imagine a greater mixture of colours and races than is exemplified by these children. (146) All shades were present from a light-skinned Afghan girl to those from Bhutan, Bengal and Assam, and to very dark-skinned children who probably have a bit of South Indian blood in them.