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: presentation of daos
medium: diaries
location: Tuensang
date: 13.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: In the evening the presentation daos were divided out between the interpreters, porters and sepoys. I had no idea it was such a serious business. Edges were thumbed, the daos were weighed on the hand and practise slashes were made in the air to test the balance. There seems great eagerness to possess these daos and they were carried off with contented smiles.