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 commoners
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: The sons of a chief from wives of commoner status did not inherit any part of their father's property, even though as Wangsa they were considered part of the nobility. The ruling chief allocated them land which they could cultivate during their lifetime, but this they could not pass on to their children, the assumption being that in the course of their life, they should be able to acquire property of their own. As long as the population was stationary and there was no pressure on land, this assumption was no doubt correct, but it is to be seen how the system of land tenure would work if there were to be a substantial increase in the Wanchu population.