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
caption: field rest house
medium: tours
keywords: mechukitsungi
person: Semoma clan
location: Khonoma
date: 31.12.1946
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: About half a mile from the village we came to a field rest-house. This is known as 'Mechuki' and is a solidly built hall with a sumptuous roof. It is open on all sides and has a lofty view down the valley. It belongs to the Semoma clan and during the 'tsungi' or path clearing festival, the boys and girls of the clan clear the tracks during the day and adjourn at sunset to the hall. There they stay until nine o'clock, cooking their food and singing. After the meal they all go home to their houses. At other times the (3) singing shed is a casual shelter.