The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Four. Above the Clouds
caption: gangway and lookout-tree
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: At the entrance of the village proper a mighty banyan tree stretched in a wide bow over the path, its aerial roots grown anew into the ground, forming countless pillars about the mother stem. Connected with the men's house by a gangway on high bamboos, this giant tree served in former times as a village lookout. From here sentries watched over the paths leading deep down through the fields. No movement stirring in the country round escaped their notice, and their warning shouts alarmed the villagers on distant fields.