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 Jakhama and Kigwema
caption: pulling in of a new rice pounder by Makuma khel
medium: tours
person: Makuma khel
ethnicgroup: Angami <Southern
location: Kigwema
date: 7.1.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: As I was leaving the village I heard a rhythmic sing- sing coming from the outskirts and I arrived in time to witness the pulling in of a new rice pounder by boys and men of the Makuma Khel. The rice pounder is made from a single tree and resembles a flat and heavy boat. It is about three feet wide and seven feet long with sides curving upwards from the keel.
text: When I came up with the party, some men were knotting the tough fibres of the rapu creeper through a hole and attaching them to long ropes of the same material. A great band of boys and young men stood in two lines holding the fibres and when all was ready the pounder was launched and pulled swiftly to the bottom. From there it moved slowly up the rise, the long lines toiling at the heaving ropes.