The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-seven. Return to Nagaland
caption: the role of the Ang of Chui in the Naga resistance struggles
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Chi (Chui)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The Ang did not know much Assamese, but in his own tongue he was voluble and, as it seemed, highly articulate. Speaking with the assurance of a man used to being listened to, he talked about the role of chiefs and the need to preserve their authority. When there had been unrest and chaos, he had persuaded the people of all the villages under his jurisdiction not to co-operate with the by the government. People listened to him because his authority stemmed from his inherited position and rank and if government wanted stability, the Angs should be supported. He claimed that he favoured the establishment of schools and did not mind the work of the mission, although he himself was too old to change his ways. If others wanted to wear trousers and shirts, let them do it, but he himself was uncomfortable in foreign clothes. He did not even like to wear shorts, but put them on as a concession to modern taste.