The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: effect of British withdrawal on the Konyaks
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang Wakching Wangla Hungphoi Tsawlaw Dikhu R.
date: 9.1947-12.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 2:1
text: Sept - Dec - all sorts of rumours circulating - 'Konyaks were now independent' - 'Govt. had ceased' - 'The British had gone' and the ground itself was shaking, quivering. The basis of Konyak assumptions had gone - Namsang and various villages wanted to believe and perhaps did in fact believe that for the time being there was now no Govt. Important as a clue to Konyak attitude to administration - a resentment - a final irreconcilibility - a wish to be once again unadministered.
text: Wakching itself a bit scared at its own lack of guns.
text: The Ang of Mon - a regal figure in a camel-coloured cloak covered with large printed tigers - urged that every morung should now be given 5 guns - believed to have incited Wangla and Hungphoi to collect guns.
text: The Tsawlaw menace - anarchy on the Burma border - it was known that this would be the first consequence of Burmese independence - slowness in repairing the paths - in some cases refusal - Namsang refused coolies for salvaging the Dikhu Bridge.