The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Eight. The Harvest
caption: property of Konyak scattered irregularly over whole area
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Unlike the land of many other farmers, the property of a Konyak is not grouped together in one place, but is scattered irregularly over the whole of the village land. Thus it happens that whether the land to be cultivated that year lies to the east of Wakching or to the west, north, or south, a man is sure to own, or to be able to hire enough for his own needs. Among many tribes practising shifting cultivation most of the land is owned collectively by the village-community, and every man is free to clear any piece of jungle he chooses. Not so in Wakching; there each piece of land, each tree, and each clump of bamboos has a jealous owner, and trespassing is energetically prosecuted.