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: ample crops and diet
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York34:5
text: Compared to many of the tribal populations of other parts of India, the Konyaks had an ample and well assured supply of food. Thanks to abundant and reliable rainfall, crop failures were rare, and there was no shortage of cultivable land. The average Konyak family, therefore, never lacked an adequate diet, and only the most improvident and inefficient had ever to fall back on the charity of their kinsmen. Rich people were able to accumulate large stores of grain, and some men of Wakching possessed rice bins filled with a surplus of grain from the harvests of two or three years.