The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf Naga diary on his return to Nagaland, 1970

caption: through Naga country by jeep ; people little changed
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
date: 25.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: The road led first through high forest, and then rose steeply. Soon the first jhums appeared. To our right was the country of Wangla and Oting, - to our left Joboka. The scene was very familiar although failing a map I could not orientate myself completely. Higher and higher we rose and large areas of jhums bacame visible. At last we passed a village, - it looked exactly like Oting and Longkhai 34 years ago. The people we saw on the road were also unchanged except for the odd blouse or pair of shorts. But many men and women were as little clothed as before.
text: The road wound along hill-slopes and we looked over wide open country lit up by the setting sun, - the rice-fields turning from green to golden.