The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Chantongia: morungs and xylophone; divination by fire-making; tattoos; weaving; hairstyles and ornamentation
medium: diaries
person: Mills/ J.P.
ethnicgroup: KonyakAoPhom
location: Chuchu Yimlang (Susu) Chantongia Mokokchung Yacham Kamahu
date: 8.11.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Wed. Nov. 8th.
text: Mills walked & I rode from Susu to Chantongia (7 miles); good bridle-path, being the main route from Mokokchung (26 miles). Jungle & jhum scenery. We arrived at Chantongia bungalow, a good one, at about 11.30 a.m.; & I went and sketched a xylophone at a morung close by. There are two morungs close together, due to a split in a fratry. The larger one has a xylophone, the other none. There are some interesting carvings on the pillars. The morungs are of the Konyak (open) type. After lunch I went round the village, upon which the bungalow looks down. it is a scattered village, having a separate 'Christian' section. It is almost purely Ao with slight Phom & Konyak admixture. The morung gable-roof hardly slopes backwards & has a small overhanging end-gable. There is an entrance platform with notched-log ladder. The xylophone,