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 Cheshorr
caption: lack of log drums through lack of timber
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Yimchungr
location: Cheshorr Yimtsong-Awenrr (Yimchungr Anr) Tuensang
date: 18.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: There were no log-drums in either Yimchungr Anr or Cheshorr and the villagers explained that they can no longer find tree trunks large enough (151) for a drum. This shortage of timber probably explains the energy with which the Tuensang villagers were trying to rescue their rice pounders and beams from the fire. Yesterday I noticed a new rice pounder being made from a tree trunk in the river bed which had been washed down during the rains. Everything points to an improvident use of the forest. In the Ao land, in spite of larger villagers, the jungle is in better condition and the hillsides are not cleared so ruthlessly. Aohukyu explained that here we are amongst the oldest Yimchungr villages and that the hills have been cultivated for many years.