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: journey back to Mokokchung
caption: village defences
medium: diaries
location: Kekrima Pfutsero Chizami
date: 4.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Many of these Angami villages are impressively situated. Founded in the days of headhunting, a site was chosen which could easily be defended. At Kekrima, Pfutsero and Chizami every path to the village passes for about a hundred yards between high crags oozing with water. On top of these are fences, shrubs and bamboos which arch over the path to form a long dark tunnel. They bear the most grotesque resemblance to Bull Banks in 'The Tale of Mr Tod.' As I clambered over the slippery boulders it was easy to visualise the difficulties of an attacking party - the more so if the path was lined with hidden warriors and sharpened bamboo stakes lurked in the dim light.