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: trip to Kohima
caption: Naga tea making
medium: diaries
date: 11.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: As we rested by the water, the Nagas made some tea. To do this they cut chungas which are the usual Naga cup. They take their daos, chop down a bamboo, and cut out a segment which has a node at the bottom and is open at the top. They slope off the open end to make a lip and then the tea and water are boiled up in it over a fire propped against a Y stick. I remember how some of Wingate's men, whom I had met in Mussoorie, told me that they had been taught to do this on their jungle-training so as to dispense with billy-cans and stoves. The tea was delicious and the green bamboo gave it a special flavour all its own. (38)