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 Meroma
caption: school and education
medium: tours
person: Lhoulietuo Angami
location: Merema (Meroma)
date: 10.1.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: At the bottom of the village is a neatly made L.P. School with a ground for games attached. 14 children were in class A and 13 in class B. A Mission book - the first Angami Reader is used in class A and after that the children go on to an Angami version of Aesop's Fables. The only other tribal literature was an Angami translation of the Bible. While I was present the teacher set the children some simple tests in multiplication and division. About half the children got them right and half wrong.
text: While I was sitting at the gaonbura's house, Lhoulietuo Angami came and talked to me. He has read up to Matric. but failed to pass. He is now working as a teacher (19) in a U.P. School 20 miles away and was at home for the vacation.
text: On January 8, he attended a meeting of all the villages in the Northern Angami state. About 200 Angamis were present, composed of gaonburas and other men of affairs. The meeting declared itself strongly against the wanton burning of jungle, and also resolved that each village should constitute its own paddy reserve as a local and group insurance against calamities. It also discussed the formation of an M.E. School outside Kohima to which the further villages could send their boys. For general purposes the sixteen Northern villages are grouped with Kohima but there is little love for this village and everyone seems afraid of dictation. Gatherings of villages has now been coming on for seven years and they are now thinking of meeting three times every year.