The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book - 'Naga Path', by Ursula Graham Bower, published John Murray 1950

caption: Chapter twenty. The Land and the People
caption: lack of wet-rice demonstrators
medium: books
person: NamkiaMasang
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
text: (155) Out after pigeon once in the Asalu parkland, Namkia and I stepped out of the high grass into a patch of cultivation. The crops were ripe, but the sparse and wretched rice was barely a foot high; a few thin ears topped it. It was a typical Asalu harvest. A few days before, in a field far to the east, rice in a jhum had dangled on my shoulder.
text: " If I could find a demonstrator who knew," said Namkia, as we looked at the field. " I'd terrace that bit of land of mine up at Impoi. It's a good piece, and the Kukis are asking me for it. I've got my own savings, too; I wouldn't need Government money. But who is there who really knows the job ? Masang is useless; he doesn't know a thing."
text: " What about the Kuki demonstrators ? "
text: " Do they really know ? And what sort of a job would they do for me, a Naga ? These streams are steep. We want a man who knows. Why can't we have someone good, a proper Angami ? "
text: But war-time inflation had by then begun; and though a new S.D.O., alive to the danger, was searching everywhere for an able man, no skilled Angami now wanted to come at thirty rupees a month. Rescue must wait till after the war - if ever.
text: We walked on home at the edge of the tragic crop.