The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Village Organization Among the Central Nzemi Nagas', M.A. thesis by Ursula Betts

caption: chapter one - introduction
caption: outline of Central Nzemi economy
caption: scarcities of rice; maize an taro as substitutes
medium: theses
ethnicgroup: Nzemi
person: Betts/ U.V.
date: 1950
refnum: M.A. thesis, University College, London
note: footnotes indicated by boxes within square brackets
text: The Central Nzemi as a whole are now barely self-sufficient in rice and the Asalu cluster has definitely ceased to be so, although it had, like the rest of the Central Nzemi, an exportable surplus. Seasonal scarcity occurs between April and September in the Asalu cluster and among the poorer villagers in other settlements there is normally a scarcity period between June and September, when maize and taro are eaten as staple foods in lieu of rice.