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: girls dancing at Anangba
medium: diaries
person: Chuba
location: Anangba Chongtore
date: 8.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 8 November. Anangba.
text: Everyone has had a miserable night. After midnight the cold seeped in through the bedclothes and although we piled on overcoats and dressing gowns we could not get warm but lay miserably waiting for the dawn.
text: It was a brilliant morning and by eight o'clock the girls of Anangba and Chongtore, Chuba's village, had arrived to dance. They all had their long hair freshly combed out and held by shining fillets. Their bright cloths were tightly swathed for dancing. They formed a small circle, their arms interlaced across each others' backs, and moved widdarshins, singing in two parts one against the other.