The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: the Siemi, a former civilization
caption: Chapter sixteen. The Lost Folk
caption: traditions of intermarriage between Siemi and Zemi; negrito types
medium: books
location: Hange Asalu
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
text: Hange had, too, an interesting story, echoed elsewhere, that when the Zemi came they found a handful of Siemi survivors with whom they intermarried. And it was in the Asalu group next door - if anywhere - that one could find the clearest traces of the ancient tribe. Not merely in the major remains, the stone outwork and the huge settlement which (125) lay a mile from the village on the hill called Chilei, but in the village itself, where there still survived a markedly negrito type.
text: Its members were, of course, all Nagas in name and descent. Nor was the type confined to the Asalu group. It could occur, and did, in other Zemi villages, and in other Naga tribes. But nowhere in the Zemi area did it appear in such a concentration, or in such purity, as at that time could be seen in Impoi. In a village of light-brown complexions, straight hair, and near-Mongol faces, the dark skins, steep foreheads, thick lips, and above all, frizzy hair, were most conspicuous and when all these features met, as they sometimes did, in an individual, the effect was startling