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: preparations for a tour to Tuensang
medium: diaries
person: Mayang
location: Tuensang
date: 3.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 3 November. Mokokchung.
text: Mayang came in this afternoon to wish us a pleasant tour. As usual the conversation soon took a political turn and he again emphasised his fear of the future, and the administrative chaos that may well develop. 'Last week,' he said, 'a villager came to me and asked "When will the white men go?"' 'Why do you ask?' enquired Mayang. 'Because when they have gone, then those who have the power will rule.' Mayang fears a recurrence of the old village feuds which are still just beneath the surface and then the strong will again terrify the weak.
text: He was anxious to know why the plans for the Tuensang subdivision did not seem to be going ahead. Bill explained that formal sanction had not yet come and no one cared to risk any expenditure until it was received. 'Yes, that is wise' said Mayang. 'Previously with the British Government, we spent money as soon as a plan was approved as we knew the sanction would soon follow. But now with our school expenditure we wait until the money actually arrives.'