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: chiefship in a Wanchu village
medium: books
person: MaipupaNyek-pong
ethnicgroup: KonyakWanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu) Mon Tsangnu
date: 1962
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York52:5
text: I do not know how much power he or his successor has retained, but in 1962 autocratic chiefs still ruled in the area of the Wanchu group, and the situation in Niaunu, a large village standing in connubial relations with Mon, may serve as an illustration of their position and role. Tradition has it that twelve generations ago Niaunu was founded by Maipupa, a chief of great Ang class, locally described as Wang-ham. Maipupa had originally come from Tsangnu, and the names of eleven chiefs intervening between him and chief Nyek-pong, who ruled in 1962, were remembered; it is doubtful, however, whether this genealogy of the chiefly house is accurate or whether it represents a telescoped selection of the most notable names.