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: the very strong identity of Wanchus and Thendu Konyaks
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: The more I saw of the Wanchus of Niaunu and such neighouring villages as Niausa and Mintong, the stronger grew my conviction that they were a branch of the Thendu Konyaks, differing only in details of custom and dialect from such villages as Mon and Longkhai. Not only the social structure and many basic beliefs were virtually identical, but the whole atmosphere prevailing among the Wanchus reminded me constantly of my experiences in the Konyak villages some twenty miles to the west where I had lived twenty-five years ago.