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: hard communal work with enthusiasm
medium: diaries
person: Shoupa
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 29.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: There was an atmosphere of excitement and though the workers were covered in sweat, they seemed to have unbounded energy and to enjoy the common activity. Shoupa devoted himself mainly to us, but now (63) and then gave some order. However, any direction seemed superfluous for everyone seemed to know exactly what to do, and there was perfect coordination between the groups. Most of the older men were virtually naked and there were some very fine athletic figures. The younger men wore largely black shorts, and a few of the small boys wore in addition white undervests, entirely superfluous in the fierce heat.