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: camp at Tuensang
medium: diaries
location: Tuensang
date: 10.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: As we emerged from the woods, we saw Tuensang sprawling over the hills below, a huge village. In a field I could see its twelve headmen, great toughs with cane helmets, waiting by the path to lead us to the camp.
text: I had not expected such a brilliant spectacle. The camp, a group of grass huts was surrounded by a bamboo palisade to keep back the huge crowd. Here there were villagers from not only the 'control area', but also the 'tribal area' - wild Konyaks with brass heads on their chests, Kalyo Kengyus with tusked helmets and Changs in their scarlet and blue cloths, a magnificent crowd.