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: minor chiefly class
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: The most problematic of the four classes of Wanchus is the one known as Wangsu. The members of this class do not claim descent from chiefs, but in their dress and the hair style of their women they follow the pattern of the chiefly clans. In Niaunu there were three named clans of Wangsu status. Within the village these three clans did not intermarry; their members either married Wangsu girls from other villages, or commoners of Niaunu. There were numerous Wangpeng clans in the village. Such commoner clans, which correspond to the Ben people whom I had met among the Konyaks, could not intermarry within Niaunu, and they married either commoners of neighbouring villages or people of Wangsu class, who could be either from Niaunu or from other places.