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 Phire-Ahire
caption: Chambesi's house
medium: diaries
person: Chambesi/ of Phire-Ahire
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Phire-Ahire
date: 6.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: We visited the house of Chambesi, a young interpreter with a pretty wife. He had a fine carved panel across his house-front portraying mithan heads, daos, digging tools and pipes. On enquiring why pipes (130) should be there, we were told that only Sangtam men who have taken a head can smoke metal pipes.