The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-six. Tribesmen Of Tirap
caption: outline of Nokte culture and society
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: Even my fleeting visits to some of the Nokte villages convinced me that the tribe merits a detailed study complementary to the work I had done among the Konyaks. Like the society of the Thendu group of villages Nokte society is rigidly stratified, and the men of a chiefly clan seek their principal wives from among the daughters of the chiefs of other villages, but may take secondary wives from the commoner clans of their own villages. Though in close geographic proximity to several Wanchu villages, Noktes never intermarry with Wanchus, and the two tribes look upon each other as distinct but not necessarily hostile communities. According to the current census figures there were then some 25,000 Wanchus in Tirap district.