The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: Konyak view of independence and head-taking
medium: notes
person: Chingai
location: Kongan (Kongon) Oting Wakching Wangla
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 17:21
text: Konyak.
text: 'What have we gained from British rule? Only loads to carry, letters to be sent, house tax to be paid. How happy we were before they ever came!'
text: 'British or Congress rule - it is all the same. All we want is to till our fields' gaonbura of Kongon
text: When I said to the gaonbura of Kongon 'Is it good that head- hunting has been stopped?' he replied 'What shall I say? Taking heads from nearby villages like Oting or Wakching - that is bad. But to take them from distant villages, how good that is'.
text: - re need for heads cf. Wangla and the inferences drawn in Kongon from the failure to give the drum a head. Chingai's interpretation of the prevailing Konyak view - 'If the British cannot control us, how can a plainsman?'
text: 'A column - what is the use of that? It comes and burns a village. Then it goes away. And we sit and laugh'.