The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: ownership of trees
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 7.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: In general all that grows on one piece of ground belongs to its owner unless he had leased a field. Bamboo stands and palm trees of course belong to the owner of the ground but there is one exception. Sometimes poor people plant trees near a path on someone elses ground but first they ask the owner for permission. When these trees grow up they and not the owner of the ground have the sole rights over the trees which they use as is advantageous. Concerning this property they are safe by law and custom against any interference even of the owner of the land and the property can be sold and inherited like any other. The permission to plant trees on ones land is not only granted to people of the same clan and morung and it is never paid for. Bamboo and palm trees are not planted on someone elses property.