The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Journey to Nagaland', by Mildred Archer. An account of six months spent in the Naga Hills in 1947

caption: visit to Chungtia
caption: walk to Mokokchung
caption: womens' dress
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chungtia
date: 12.7.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Some of the Christian women had skirts and shapeless blouses, but the rest were naked above the waist and wore knee-length tightly swathed skirts. With their pale coffee-cream skin, narrow eyes, straight black hair smoothed to a low bun and their blue and crimson tufted skirts, they were a comely sight. As they passed, their cornelian and white shell necklaces jangled on their breasts and they turned and gave us arch smiles.