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: Visit to a Chang Naga's house; collection of objects
medium: diaries
person: Ngaku/ of YongiemdiYanchu/ of YongiemdiHazel/ DrMills/ J.P.
ethnicgroup: ChangAo
location: Yongyimti (Yongiemdi) Mokokchung Kamahu Yacham Chaokik Panso (Aoshed)
date: 1.12.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Friday. Dec. 1st.
text: I spent most of the morning at Ngaku's house. Ngaku is a Chang Naga of Yongiemdi village, and brother of Yanchu, the chief of Yongiemdi, and is a dobashi at Mokokchung. He was building a new house, as the present one's roof had given way. I had a cheery time with him & found him very keen & ready to give me information about Naga life etc.- a very intelligent native. I photographed him in full dress & also an old woman (mother of a friend of Ngaku's), and she treated me to a performance on the jews harp (native type, of bamboo), quite a pleasing & melodious performance. She also gave me a pair of jews harps 'for my memsahib'. Ngaku presented me with a hide shield from Kamahu, a spear from Yacham (Ao), a hoe (Chaokik or Aoshed), some of his own traps for birds and small game, and a Chang hat used mainly for dances. He also gave me a skull of a Himalayan Bear, shot by himself near Mokokchung. I was shown an unusual white wool cloth with Huluk's hair woven into it (black, (male), forming the border, and brown, (female), woven in throughout). It had been made by his wife. Ngaku's is a large house with open verandah & a very large main room with bamboo-work floor, the hearth-stones standing on a layer of mud. At the back is a very large sleeping-room and a store-room is situated between those two rooms.
text: I packed & wrote letters in the afternoon. Hazel came to dine at Mills's bungalow.