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: head-taking in the Phom country
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Phom
location: Phomching (Phomchung) Pongu (Pongnyu) Mongnyu Shamnyu
date: 25.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: News had also come that a Phom of Phomchung has killed a man from the neighbouring village of Pongnyu. He was hotly pursued so he threw the head into the jungle but brought back a leg. We have also heard that a man of Mongnyu, another Phom, has also killed a man from Shamnyu. With news of impending extension of administration it looks as though the Phoms are rapidly working off old scores before settling down. (160)