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: reminiscences of time in the Naga underground
medium: diaries
person: Henphong/ 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 offered tea, and rice-beer. Later also rice and pork. Henphong freely talked about his time in the underground movement, when he was a lieutenant and took part in various raids. He surrendered about three years ago and (66) does now some business as a contractor. He has a young attractive wife, but whereas she carries water on her back and presumably works in the fields, he does not look as if he were ever doing any manual work. The matter of fact way in which he talked about his activity in the underground was surprising, particularly in view of his brother's position as a Minister of Nagaland. Though he worked and fought in the Naga rebellion his style of life seems quite different from that of the ordinary villager and is certainly divorced from Naga tradition. He also showed us an album with photographs of his brother's wedding. They could have been taken among Chinese in San Francisco. Apart from the slightly mongoloid features, dress and setting were entirely western.