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: site of the new Sub-division
medium: diaries
location: Tuensang
date: 12.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 12 November. Tuensang.
text: Today everyone has enjoyed a day's leisure. The porters and sepoys have washed their clothes, bathed, scoured their cooking pots and lounged about in the sun talking and singing or just gazing at the quiet hills and slow clouds.
text: Bill, together with the doctor, subahdar and the interpreters looked at the various sites for the new subdivision. Water is a great problem for there are few permanent springs and there seems to be a film of oil on the water. The Tuensang villagers say that they are sure there is coal here as when they fire the jungle the soil goes on burning for days. This is very likely as there is a colliery at Borjan on the edge of the Konyak country. Timber is another problem for Tuensang is so large a village that all the nearby hills are under cultivation. It is amusing to listen to the comments of the interpreters; the Semas and Sangtams point out all the disadvantages and say that Tuensang will be stifling hot in the summer, for they would like a subdivision further south. But the Changs emphasise the beauties and convenience of this area. Anyhow a site has now been selected, a number of decisions taken and as soon as Delhi sanctions the scheme, work can proceed to bring the whole of the Chang and Yimchungr country under control.