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 Tseminyu
caption: grave effigies
medium: tours
person: Guoselie Angami/ of ChichemaHuttonMills
ethnicgroup: Rengma <Western
location: Tseminyu Chechama (Chichema)
date: 25.1.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: 25th January
text: This morning I set out for Themokedima. This village is western Rengma and is known as Tseminyu in the Rengma language.
text: As I went down the hill, I discussed effigies with Guoselie Angami, the dobashi of Chichema. It appears that he himself is also qualified for an effigy and after his death his son will cut and carve a tree, and give a feast at family expense. The village youth will then all go in ceremonial dress and the figure will be set up by a village path. Guoselie had only four heads to his credit before the Japanese war but he took heads from three Japs and thus brought his total up to seven. The first four heads he got on expeditions with Hutton and Mills.
text: In Chichema also there are no house horns but a great many houses have frontal panels carved with mithan horns.