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: tribute payments in cash
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: Some of the dependent villages have begun to make the payments in cash, but the Wakching men are not happy with this innovation because they fear that such a replacement of the traditional presentation of rice might ultimately lead to the discontinuation of the system. Although protection in war is no longer required, the tribute continues as a kind of rent for land occupied by the vassal villages but claimed by individual Wakching morung as their territory. Moreover, the men of morung receiving tribute from a dependent village still act as patrons and protectors, if people of that village are involved in disputes with members of another morung of Wakching or with a third village.