The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: raiding
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: When Zemi villages were at feud or on raiding terms sentries used to be set around the fields, always looking, looking for raiders. No one could go to their fields in families or alone, as now, but all had to cultivate together. Men who did not get a head could not get good wives, and were mocked at; those who had got heads were told to get more.