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: chiefs and their power
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: There were different ways in which the domain of a powerful chiefly house could be extended. If the ruling family of a village became extinct, an occurrence by no means rare among a population with a very high mortality rate,the villagers had to search for a chief among the aristocratic families of friendly villages. So could discharge the ceremonial, ritual, and political tasks of ruler, that there was no question of a commoner being raised to the position of chief, though in default of any suitable man of great Ang clan, a chief's son from one of his commoner wives might act as chief.