The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: fishing and poisoning
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 17.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.3.1937-27.4.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (100) Most fish are caught by poisoning the water, only very big fish are occasionally speared with the nia-tep-ngo, a harpoon spear with a barbed point connected with the shaft by a rope of about 370cm. The shaft swims in the water.
text: Poison:
wu-nu - the fruit of a big tree (ficus?)
wu-dei - the fruit of another tree
dan - the small fruit of a tree
text: (101) [konyak] There are no measures of height, only for very high objects is a word: etau - very high (eg. trees).
text: (102) Measures of fields:
ghei dza te bu ga = one basket sow field
ghei i te bu ga = five baskets sow field
text: Oting doesn't use these measures, they have none at all. There are no measures for areas of jungle.