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: arrival in Tamlu, village with American Baptist mission
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tamlu Kanching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: That evening we reached Tamlu, a Konyak village lying about 3,000 feet above sea level on a ridge that rises from the Dikhu valley. Two different languages are spoken in this village; two of the three morung speak a language particular to Tamlu, while the people of the third morung, whose ancestors immigrated from Tanhai only a few generations ago, speak quite a different language. There was difficulty at first, the people told us, but now the villagers have learnt to understand each other. Recently the linguistic divergency was complicated by a religious controversy. Tamlu and the neighbouring Kanching are the only Konyak villages where the American Baptist Mission had gained a footing. I was to see and hear more of its activity in the land of the Aos.