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: relations of Christian missions to education
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: In the minds of most Konyaks, education is associated with Christianity, and indeed there are few educated Nagas who have not been brought up as Christians. The reason for this situation is historical. Until India attained independence, most of the educational institutions in the Naga Hills were run by American Baptist missionaries, and even when the American personnel departed, the local staff of teachers and pastors remained. In 1937 there were no Christian Konyaks, but the improvement of communications, and the suppression of inter-village feuds opened the way to proselytizing activities by Christians of neighbouring tribes.