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: start of erosion of Angs authority with councils etc
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The beginnings of an erosion of their authority are noticeable in all the villages I visited, Even though the officials of the administration treat such chiefs as the Angs of Mon and Chui with great courtesy and consideration, they often find it convenient to work in practical matters with men of more progressive ideas who are intent on building up their position in the system of elected village representatives. The present generation of villagers still pays respect to the great Angs in recognition of their inherited status as men of the purest aristocratic blood, but the young boys who are now attending middle and high schools outside their own villages are not likely to accept the supremacy of chiefs whose only claim to their position rests on the hereditary principle. Whereas even under the changed political conditions, the institution of transformation, even though some of the chiefs may retain part of their wealth and privileges.