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 five: land tenure and agriculture
caption: the agricultural system
caption: consolidation of rice fields
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: Fields are continguous, and form a block covering a large area of a hillside. Large villages may have several such blocks of fields. This consolidation of cultivation serves a triple purpose. It helps to protect the crops from the depredations of game (small and isolated fields are open to attack, and their protection requires a high expenditure of both time and labour); it reduces the number of paths to the cultivation which must be kept clear of jungle in the rainy season; and, by allowing concentration of the labour-force, it permits it to be used to the greatest effect.