The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: wide genealogical knowledge of Shankok
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 27.5.1937
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: Today I was occupied with genealogies. Shankok knows surprisingly much about his family and even a rare case, the name of his great-grandfather. At the big annual feasts he gives presents of pork and rice to his grandfather's sisters. This is his responsibility because they have married from his house and not Dangba's who is the son of his grandfather's brother and the great-aunts concerned. The Ang, Chinkak, was a total failure and did not even know his grandfather's name. As he never sees his relatives in Chi he has forgotten almost all their names.