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: visit to Longkhai, much destroyed
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Longkhai
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: Another emotional experience, however, was still in store for (257) me. On the drive to Mon I made a detour to Longkhai,the village where I had spent such exhilarating days in the company of its chief Mauwang. A branch road negotiable for jeeps went right up to the village, and this saved me the long climb which I remembered well from earlier visits. But the village was a sad disappointment, and at first I could hardly orientate myself. Only the Ang's house was -- or appeared to be -- the same, and in front of it there was still the stone-seat reserved for the chief. But close by was a modern tin-roofed school-building, and in place of the morung which had contained the best Konyak carvings I had ever seen, there stood the skeleton of a ruined building now used as a shelter for cows.