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: useless new hall
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 2.9.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: (69) In the centre of the village, on the very highest part is a tin-roofed building, - decorated however with carvings of hornbills in morung style. It is the panchayat hall built with a government grant four years ago. Shoupa said that it was never used because the village-council met in houses round a fire, and bigger gatherings were held on the open place in front of the Ang's morung. This useless hall is only one example of the many redundant innovations imposed on the Konyaks because there is not sufficient understanding of their own institutions.