The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-seven. Return to Nagaland
caption: drive towards Wakching, by way of Tanhai
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Tanhai Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The highlight of my visit to Nagaland was still to come. To see Wakching again had been my ambition for over thirty years, and now this wish was to be satisfied. There is a good road between Mon and Wakching, and as my jeep sped towards Longkhai I thought of all the long and hot marches which had taken me through the same region. In 1936 the construction of motor roads on those hills would have appeared a fantastic extravagance, but now there was quite a bit of traffic on the road to Wakching. Near Tanhai we stopped to look at the stone believed to have been the seat of the Ahom king who had sought refuge in the Naga Hills. The stone had been carried to the road in order that a previous Governor of Nagaland might see it without effort -- a rather misguided action in my opinion, as in Tanhai it had lain at a place connected with the exiled king.