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: an Indian doctor's opinion of the Nagas
medium: diaries
date: 9.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: After he had gone and as if to prove his thesis, in sauntered the young Bengali doctor in a loud check sports coat and a flashy tie. He lamented the loss of a private practice and the lack of society. 'Work in the hills,' he said 'is a kind of punishment for us. We are made to serve two years. Then we go away and if we can help it we never return.' 'The Nagas', he said 'are really very simple. Something is not at all funny, but they laugh. They are not very interesting. At night I sit alone and read my books.'