The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: notes from Mr Lambert's survey tour diary of 1935
caption: notes on Tirap valley tribes
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Laju
date: 1935
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: (93) Tirap valley tribes.
text: We passed through Laju on the way. It is a big village of about 400 houses and it is said to have 21 morungs. The houses as usual for this area were built on stilts but some of the main posts were sticking out through the roofs as in the Konyak country.
text: They claim to have come from the east.
text: There are at least 17 villages of the same tribe as Laju but they have no names for themselves.
text: The Wang clan of Laju is said to have been on the present site before the others. The Wang is known in this part of the world as Lu or Lo-Wang.
text: Contrary to Konyak custom it is not necessary for him to marry a woman of the same clan. He must, however, marry from noble blood and therefore either from the Hudang or Remchu clans. There are six clans in Laju: Hudang, Remchu, Wote, Nyamte, Wang-dong and Luwang. The first two are forbidden to intermarry as are the last four. As amongst the Konyaks the blood of a Wang is sacred. Laju deny having any blacksmith. I am told that there are none at all in the Tirap Valley.