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: opium smoking old man and house with modern goods
medium: diaries
person: Ahon/ of ShiongHenphong/ of ShiongChinwang/ of Shiong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 31.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: We were welcomed by Ahon's son, an emaciated man of about 50 with the full face tattoo, and his grandson Henphong. The latter is the younger brother of Chinwang, one of the present Ministers, who had written to me in May. Henphong was dressed in shirt and trousers and wore spectacles. He is tall and slim, with very long and elegant hands. The house is basically the same as it was in Ahon's days, but there are numerous modern articles, such as cups, a teapot, plates, a clock and various photographs. The Minister's father, however, clearly leads the old life. He is said to be a heavy opium smoker and his appearance is certainly consistent with this belief.