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: visit to Lungkhung
caption: tour in Chang country
caption: sandflies
medium: diaries
location: Lungkhung
date: 19.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Then followed a night of agony. Sand flies invaded the hut and penetrated our mosquito nets. I thought of Lewin who complained of their attack while on tour in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. 'At night, to make our case worse, we were attacked by swarms of sand-flies, creatures so minute that they penetrated the finest mosquito-curtains and whose bite was so venemous as to cause sores. The only way to baffle these small but malignant enemies was either to adopt the native mode, and muffle oneself from head to foot in a thick cotton mantle, or to sleep in the smoke of a sort of ants-nest, a piece of which if lighted would burn slowly, giving out an aromatic fume which was abhorent to the sand flies.'
text: Bill and I had neither cotton mantles nor ants' nests and we passed a tortured night writhing in our itching sheets.
text: We are now in tiger country and only this morning there were pug-marks just outside the village.