The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: localized wards or village divisions
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York22:6
text: The houses of a ward, which might number anything between twenty and eighty, were localized in one part of the village. Yet, the boundaries between the wards were not always visible. In some cases there was a narrow belt of shrubs or a ditch separating two wards, but where the number of houses of adjoining wards had inordinately increased, the space which had traditionally divided them had been fully utilized, with the result that houses of different wards stood side by side. Barring exceptional cases, no house site belonging to one ward could be alienated and occupied by a man of another ward, and sometimes it happened that in one ward of a village there might be a surplus of unused, overgrown land, while in an adjacent ward the houses stood crowded together with many built on very uneven ground.