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: corruption by outsiders
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 28.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: On the way back we called in at the house of a man who has made good use of modern developments and now works as a contractor. He lives in a modern house below the village, and received us in a red gaonburas cloth. When discussing conditions he said that the Konyaks were being corrupted by contact with outsiders. They used to be honest and were now dishonest. They had discipline and now had none, - nobody obeying the village-leaders. Many men were drinking heavily, not only rice-beer but distilled liquor from Assam. For work on the road they had to be paid Rs 15/- or even 20/- a day, - otherwise they were not prepared to work at all.
text: I was surprised about these negative views in a man who has made good and clearly benefits from the new order.
text: During our visit to the village there was some rain, but we hope for a fine day tomorrow when I want to see harvesting. This has already begun and Shoupa will take us to his fields.