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: comparison between Aos and Semas
medium: diaries
person: Hutton
ethnicgroup: AoSema
location: Longsa
date: 19.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: It is strange how differently two persons can react to Nagas or how two tribes can change. The Semas, Dr. Hutton wrote in 1916, are 'perhaps the most attractive of the tribes'. But to me, at least, the Aos are in every way more charming and now that we are back among them I find my spirits rising. As we reached the Longsa bungalow, the caretaker came to meet us. In his bright red and blue apron, his enormous shell necklace, and his dark blue cloth vivid with red stripes, he was a dashing sight. Leaving the Sema country, it is as if we have left behind all that is dull and drab. (86)