The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript tour diary of W.G. Archer, S.D.O. Mokokchung 1947

caption: visit to Khonoma
medium: tours
person: HuttonFurer-Haimendorf
location: Khonoma
date: 31.12.1946
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: 31st December 1946.
text: This morning I set out for Khonoma, the first Angami village I shall see and the most redoubtable of all the Angami group. It was here that a British force was repulsed in 1879, and although the village ultimately accepted British rule it was never defeated in battle. Khonoma was selected by Dr. Hutton as the type Angami village [sic] and it was here that Haimendorf spent hours photographing stone circles, discussing Feasts of Merit and drinking mugs of white, milky rice beer.
text: I left under a clear keen sky and after motoring 6 miles along the Indo-Burma road, away up a valley with lowering hills on either side. The track is paved with stones and even at the height of the rains must be fairly passable. It was up the river at the foot that a British force went one night when the Japs were threatening Kohima. They reached Khonoma the next morning to find the rest house deserted and the Japs working in a pool. The Japs noticed them and at once rushed into thick jungle. None of them was killed but none was seen again.