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: memorials to head-takers and tiger killers
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Sanis
date: 14.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Outside the village we saw a number of criss-cross bamboos. If a man has participated in a head-taking ceremony with a real head or a piece of head, these are erected to his memory. They are hung with bamboo balls representing heads, a tally of the ceremonies at which he has assisted. If he has attended ceremonies in which dummy heads (made of a root that looks like reddish hair) have been offered to the head tree, then he gets a root of this kind hung on his bamboos. If a man has killed a tiger, then he sometimes has a bamboo tiger placed there as a tally.
text: After the heat of the last few days, the evening was still and cool. There was a tangerine sunset and a little later a crashing storm.