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: female porters
medium: diaries
date: 4.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: For the first time, many of our porters are women. The Aos, Lhotas, and Semas never let their women do this work. Most of these who carry loads are either unmarried girls or women whose first marriages have failed and who are now back with their fathers. On the way, some of them stopped to urinate. They went to the side for a moment, parted their legs and then went on. It was all completely natural, entirely public and no one took the least notice.