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: American Baptist missions
caption: singing
medium: diaries
location: Kohima
date: 29.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 'Good ears' also characterise Naga singing. After lunch I listened to choral practice in the school hall. The boys and girls were sitting in four groups - bass, tenor, contralto and soprano. All the tunes were American evangelical hymns and the children passed the music from one to another, slickly reading the four parts from sight. As they sang, the missionary conducted from the platform sauntering up and down and making humorous comments. 'Walk up Calvary way. Go to it, girls.' he said. 'There's a new name written up in glory, And it's mine, Pom Pom, Oh yes, it's mine. Come on boys, let's have it.' It might almost have been music-hall.