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: Konyaks come to Mokokchung to see if 'government' still existed
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Mokokchung
date: 8.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 8 October. Mokokchung.
text: Today several wild Konyaks, their matted hair pinned up in buns, came to the bungalow. They had marched for six days, they said, to see whether Bill existed. They were interested to find that he was still sitting in the same office. Then they explained that word had gone all round the Konyak country that since August 15th the sahibs had ceased to exist. A Konyak had even levied Rs 10 from each village 'to buy a new sahib.' These Konyaks had paid, but they had felt suspicious and had marched in to see for themselves. Bill told them to go back and spread the news that he was still here and that Government still existed and he would enquire into the whole matter.
text: Only a few days back, another Konyak village announced that 'as Government has now ended in the Naga Hills and there is no longer a Deputy Commissioner or a Sub-divisional Officer, we shall give no longer labour for the bridle paths or bridges.' So although men were urgently needed for saving a damaged bridge they stayed on their hill-tops in proud aloofness and let the flooded river take its course.