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: social structure of Shangnyu similar to Wanchu villages; clans
medium: books
ethnicgroup: KonyaksWanchu
location: Sangnyu (Shangnyu) Niaunyu (Niaunu) Mon
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The social structure of Shangnyu resembles closely that of the Wanchu villages which I had visited in 1962. As in Niaunu there are three aristocratic classes of varying rank and a number of commoner clans. The women of all but two of the commoner clans shave their heads as do the lower class women of Niaunu. There can hardly be any doubt that the Konyaks of Shangnyu are identical with the people known as Wanchu in Tirap district. Shangnyu is almost half-way between Mon and Niaunu and these three villages seem to belong socially and culturally to the same unit.