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: wealth in land rather than in livestock such as pigs, buffaloes and mithan
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York34:6
text: The production of an ample food supply facilitated the growth of villages of a size and stability elsewhere associated only with permanent tillage. Land was the principal source of wealth, and a Konyak had no other effective way of accumulating capital except to increase his holding of land. Pigs, buffaloes, mithan, and ordinary Indian cattle were kept for slaughter, but there was little trade in animals, and none of the systematic investment in livestock which characterizes the economy of more mobile slash-and-burn cultivators such as the Daflas of the Himalayan foothills.