The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-six. Tribesmen Of Tirap
caption: air-drop of supplies from plane, emergency food
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: Yet, we soon learnt that modern technology made even more surprising contributions to the development of the Wanchu country. At a small government station near the village of Niaunu towards which we were heading, we watched a few days later an air-drop of supplies of rice, salt and other food-stuffs by a Dakota plane. Rather than commandeering large gangs of porters the administration of N.E.F.A. was resorting to this method of provisioning their officials stationed in isolated places. The local Wanchus, who were employed to gather the dropped bags, seemed to take it for granted that periodically bags containing various useful commodities would drop from the sky.