The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: iron and trade in daos
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
date: 31.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Shiong, Tanhai, Pungkhung, (32) Oting, Longlam, Wangla, Totok, Chongwe, Chingtang, Chinglong, Yungya, Kamahu don't make daos.
text: Before the country was taken over they bought the iron from Assam too. Then they bought the iron in bars and made the daos on one side of steel and on the other of soft iron. Now they buy spades, new and old ones from the tea estates, and make daos of them. Still before they got iron in lumps from Assam. There is apparently no tradition about a time when they had no metal or iron. (33) In the old times they bought finished daos from Diru district, but always knew how to make them. There was an iron mine in Diru at that time.