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: Subong Ao's view that the Aos, Sangtams and Changs will accept the draft constitution
medium: diaries
person: Subong Ao
date: 18.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 18 October. Mokokchung.
text: This evening Subong Ao, the overseer, who is just back from aligning a new road, came in to discuss the N.N.C. meeting. He complained of the heavy rain which has been keeping us indoors and which had soaked him as he worked in the jungle. 'If I had been a seed,' he said in his naive way, 'I would have germinated.'
text: He thinks that at the meeting on 22 October the Aos, Changs and Sangtams will all approve of the draft constitution and will be prepared to go ahead with the Governor's 'agreement'. 'What else can we do?' he said. 'We must either take that or get nothing.' When we said that it was proposed to let his own branch, the Civil Works Department, remain under the Assam Government, he said, 'That is very good. Education is more important.'