The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: exchanges of gifts between young people in different villages
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Chi
date: 1.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: (151) Shiong 1/4/1937
text: Informant: Ahon
text: In the Chi group there is no regular exchange of gifts between boys and girls of the same village, but when the girls or boys go to another village to dance, they exchange gifts with the boys or girls of the other village. The boys give walking sticks to the girls, the richer ones such of iron, the poor boys wooden or bamboo sticks, but both kinds decorated with red goats hair. The girls give baldrics to the boys. These baldrics were originally made of bark fibre of a creeper. Such baldrics are still made at Chi etc., but now woollen ones are more frequent.