The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Eleven. Sacred Chiefs
caption: difficulties with servants
medium: books
person: TsampioNlamo
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Our start from Oting was beset with difficulties. Tsampio had been suffering for several days from troubles of only too obvious a character. He had gone on leave some time before we had begun - touring, and perhaps it was in Kohima that he had picked up his malady from a bazaar beauty. Now he was suffering acutely, and I seemed to have no other choice but to hire several porters and have him carried on a bier to Wakching. Ultimately he reached Kohima, where he found medical attention. Tsampio's departure left me without a cook and though Nlamo succeeded quite well in preparing the few things we got in these villages, he found it difficult to do Tsampio's work as well as his own and still find time to assist me as interpreter. Perhaps this produced the necessary stimulus, for I quickly overcame the final difficulties in talking and understanding Assamese, and it was not long before I became quite accustomed to working without an interpreter.