The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: rights of women to wear porcupine quills in ears
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: All the women of the Angban, Balang and Bala wear red porcupine quills in their ears, for all the people of these morungs are somehow of Ang clan. But the real Ang women (even (132) Chinkak's wife and daughter) are entitled to five of these quills in each ear.
text: Yona's daughter wears them because Yona is originally of Ang clan. His ancestors lived in Tan-yieng (an abandoned site), then went to Punkhung, from where his grandfather came to Wakching. Yona still gets from a tea estate which is on old Tan-yieng land 25 rupees yearly. (Punkhung gets 100 Rs., and Mon 30 Rs.) (134) The Balang morung and Kongan get together Rs 50 for Naginimara fields which are on their lands.