The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: dispute over land
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 24.5.1937
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 we passed the field, the border of which has become a dispute between a Bala and an Angban man, Shankok told me that although the gaonburas had given the disputed area to the Bala men his neighbour had once again planted on it. But this does him no good and furthermore he will have lost the planting seeds as the border is now definitely set in favour of the Bala man and he will harvest what he has not even planted. We crossed the big bridge which the Thepong has built but when we were already close to Shankok's field it suddenly started to rain heavily and we had to find shelter in a field house of Yongwe, the rich Wemnok man. Soon after us an older woman came running along. Shankok said that if he is lucky and happens to meet a girl of the Bala or Balang on her own in such weather it can happen that they take the opportunity for a little affair on the side.