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 Mongsenyimti
caption: tour in Chang country
caption: log drum and morung
medium: diaries
location: Mongsenyimti
date: 24.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: On a sunny day this would be an attractive village. There was a fine log drum and a trim morung, its wooden post carved with leopards and an elephant. Outside it was the morung garden full of small red cannas, newly fenced and decorated with long grass tassels. It seems that the new age group had just entered upon its morung duties, one of which is the tending of the garden which provides flowers for the ears of its members.
text: Amongst the Nagas, when a boy is old enough to take notice of the relationship between his parents, he is sent off to sleep at night in the morung. For his first three years there he is very like a fag at a Public School. He is at the beck and call of the older boys; he may have to massage their legs when they are tired, sharpen their daos, or fetch wood and water for the morung. During the next three years, the young buck orders his juniors around. A council is elected who manage the morung affairs, undertake the repairs, entertain the older men of the village, welcome visitors, settle morung quarrels and inflict punishments. They are very like Prefects, and have the same youthful dignity.