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
caption: head hunting
medium: diaries
location: Tuensang
date: 11.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Now we are over the frontier head-hunting is bound up with every aspect of life; dancing, song, village architecture, personal ornaments and dress. It is a serious administrative problem how best to eliminate head-taking and yet preserve the vital tribal life. In Melanesia the unintelligent suppression of head-hunting led to the almost complete depopulation of the islands.