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: ownership of fields by individuals and morungs
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The majority of the fields are cultivated by individual families, though sometimes with the help of hired labour. Yet some fields are cultivated by groups, for, otherwise, from where would the morung get the rice for its feasts? Every man must contribute to the work on his morung's field, and on certain days you can see all the members of the morung leaving the village together instead of in the usual twos and threes; the boys and the girls to work and the old men to sit and look on.