The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: cicadas and their cries, birds
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 9.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (51) Wakching 9/7/1936
text: Wakching word Kok-chit for cykada (cicada)
text: Shiong " Ga-shet "
text: For Wanching knows five kinds of cicada Kokchit, Kok-chang, Nyo, a smaller kind - Nyen-chek, Mu-yek (which begins calling end of July); Leshu.
text: Shiong names: Mu-yek, Nyo, Ga-shet, Haming-min ha, Kok-cha. Shiong: the boys catch them and put them into little baskets to hear them sing, - the Wanching boys hold them in their hands.
text: When Ga-shet call they know that millet and maize become (52) ripe, - when Hamingminha calls the rice is getting ripe.
text: When a Honikot calls at night the real rice is getting ripe.
text: Honi-kot = cricket.
text: The Wanching p. takes Pen-pilak as signal for sowing, - it is one of the cuckoos, - probably a hawk cuckoo.
text: When the Kok-chang or the Nyo calls the millet and the maize are ripe.
text: When the Muyak and the leshu calls the real rice becomes ripe.