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 Chare
medium: diaries
location: Chare Dikhu R.
date: 4.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: All the way to Chare the bridle path had been freshly cleared, weeds hoed and the undergrowth on either side cut back. Every year at this time when the rains are over and the harvest gathered in, the villagers begin to look to the roads. Each village turns out in a body and clears the section allotted to it. It is the same method that was used in mediaeval England when villages were responsible for clearing of the roads (127) and undergrowth so as to leave no cover for lurking footpads.
text: From the Dikhu river the path rose steeply to Chare where thatched huts had been built for us amongst the granaries by the village gate.