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 Chingmiren
caption: camp
medium: diaries
location: Chingmiren
date: 9.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Crowds of villagers with presents of pigs, fowls and eggs were waiting in the camp and again Bill explained to them that they were now to be administered. No one said anything except the young Chingmiren headman who threw back his head, gave a head-taking scream and said, 'Pangsha still owes us four heads.'
text: The camp is falling into a routine. By the time we arrived the porters and sepoys had built their huts. After tea they were all lined up and inspected for fever, cuts of sprains. The porters seem to be thoroughly enjoying the expedition. It is a kind of picnic. The marches are short, they see the world and get excellent food, pig, chickens and mithan. They are all from the same village and their two headmen are responsible for their good behaviour and welfare. Everyone seems cheerful and contented.