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: exchange of gifts at feasts
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: An exchange of gifts between the families related through marriage is a main feature of the Ouniebu, as indeed of many Konyak feasts. A complicated system determines the beneficiaries and the donors, and every man tries to surpass his partner in generosity. But the unmarried girls prepare millet-breads to give to their lovers, friends, and working companions of the opposite morung group.