The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Two. The Social Structure and its Units
caption: absence of tribal feeling
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York40:1
text: Unlike ethnic groups imbued with a strong feeling of tribal identity and solidarity, the Konyaks, though appearing to the outsider as distinct from all neighboring Naga tribes, did not see themselves as a discrete political unit. True, some villages were comprised within confederations under the leadership of a powerful chief, but such groupings were subject to fluctuations in political power and cannot be likened to clearly delimited and permanent tribal units.