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: tour in Yimchungr country
caption: visit to Huchirr and Sangrupu
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Yimchungr
location: Huchirr Sangrupu
date: 20.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: When he returned we visited Huchirr and Sangrupu which had never seen a European since before the first Great War when a Mr. Wood halted there a night on his way to punish and burn Cheshorr. In Kuthurr, Yimchungr Anr and Cheshorr, although the men were helpful and friendly, I felt the people as a whole were shy and suspicious; I could not get the women and children to laugh or smile. Here, where no European had been seen by the present generation, I expected a great deal of shyness, but there was none at all. We visited house after house, I was made to wear a fillet and Bill was given dao cases and bear-skin circlets. There was a small boy with wicked dimples who became most friendly, sat on our knees and held our hands as we walked round the village.
text: During the whole of this tour in the 'control area' we have been moving amongst tribes whose way of life is intricately interwoven. It would take years of work to disentangle the influences of the Sangtams, Changs and Yimchungr on each other, quite apart from the Kalyo Kengyu, Konyak, Sema and Ao influences on the edges of the area. As soon as one thinks one has found a tribal norm in dress, houses or customs, one finds some important variation in the very next village. The Yimchungr houses in Huchirr, for example, were like poor Sema houses with plank fronts and simple house-horns,