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: head-tree
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Yekhum Sanis
date: 14.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: At one end of the village was a large head-tree, but there were no bamboos with heads leaning in it now - only a luck-stone lay underneath. These luck-stones are smooth water-worn stones on which the well-being of the village depends. At Sanis the head- tree had been blown down. The villagers had (42) planted a new one in its place but the cattle had eaten it and they were now waiting until December to make the new morungs and to plant another.