The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on the Nagas from 'Census of India, 1931 - Volume III - Assam Report'

caption: Appendix A. The effect on the tribes of the Naga Hills district of Contacts with civilization, by J.P. Mills, I.C.S
caption: use of corrugated iron
medium: reports
person: Mullan/ C.S.Mills/ J.P.
date: 1931
text: Nagas who have taken whole-heartedly to foreign customs often build houses resembling the worst type of "shack". A Naga house as all fittingly built houses should, seems to have grown out the landscape. The corrugated iron roofs of the "foreign" houses are blots upon it. They are expensive and stuffy. The fashion has been encouraged, I fear, by the Baptist chapels, which as artistic productions are execrable, and, widely spread as they are, tend to kill the Nagas' unconscious sense of architectural fitness.