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: Sema girl
medium: diaries
person: Hutton
ethnicgroup: Sema
location: Sheyepu
date: 14.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: On the way we stopped at a large house in Sheyepu and as we lunched on rice, roast pork, pineapples and rice beer, the daughter of the house waited on us. Unlike most Sema women, 'among whom', as Dr Hutton says, 'ugliness is the rule', she was strikingly beautiful - slim and trim with a suavely rounded figure. Unfortunately she was wearing a garish Christian blouse and a blue and red skirt. In traditional Sema dress with a dull red underskirt and rows of yellow beads clinging sleekly to her thighs she would have made a magnificent picture.