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: pets
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Phire-Ahire
date: 6.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: The Sangtams seem particularly fond of animals and every house was full of hens with their broods, cats, dogs and new-born pups. The dogs are kept for hunting and are particularly useful for starting up wild boar. They are not the cowed pariahs of the plains but friends of the family, and as we ate roast pork we had to drive them away from our bowls. They all seem to have enormous sharp claws,
text: 'O keep the dog from hence that's friend to men
text: Else with his nails he'll dig it up again.'