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: smoking
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chungtia
date: 12.7.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Up on the bamboo verandahs above our heads old women sat grinning with their toothless mouths and puffing away at their pipes. Smoking seems universal and is practised by even the very young. I saw several two or three year olds, completely naked except for their elaborate necklaces of yellow, orange and blue beads, yet even these had pipes stuck jauntily in their mouths. As they stood with their hands behind their backs, it was as if they were midget versions of old salts looking out to sea.