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 Yekhum and Sanis
caption: trip to Kohima
caption: child-birth ritual
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Yekhum
date: 14.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: There was a michem tree just outside Yekhum, where after a child is born, the midwife takes the after-birth, wrapped up in bits of rag, and hangs it in a little basket on the tree, where the dogs and pigs cannot touch it. If they ate it, death or illness would strike the child.