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: road contractors and resistance fighters
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Tang
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: Among them was a curious man in the remnant of a green uniform and an upturned moustache which gave him a quite un-Nagalike appearance incongruous with his old-style face-tattoo. He had been a member of the so-called Underground, but had surrendered and was now working as a contractor. He told me that recently he had taken a road contract for Rs 20,000 and hoped to make a profit of Rs 13,000. This was possible because the unsophisticated men of relatively remote villages such as Tang could still be persuaded to give their labour for no other reward than their rations and at the end a feast with the slaughter of a buffalo and some pigs.