The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Visit by doctor and medicine for heart and malaria; hymn singing
medium: diaries
person: Mills/ J.P.Bailey/ Dr
ethnicgroup: AoAngami
location: Merangkong Brahmaputra R. Impur (Impore) Khonoma
date: 10.11.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Fri. Nov. 10th.
text: Felt much better, but stayed in bed & was fed on bovril till well into the morning. Then I got up & sketched the view across the Assam plains northwards. Glorious view. The Brahmaputra could be seen &, with glasses, some of the tea plantation houses. At night the searchlights of the Brahmaputra steamers can be seen, thirty or so miles away. The near valley was full of dense white clouds, making a 'cotton-wool' foreground. Later in the day Dr. Bailey (American Baptist Mission) arrived from Impore (32 miles away), having been sent for by Mills. He had ridden over, bringing his tent & coolies. He said that I certainly had malaria & examined my heart, about which he was moderately reassuring, provided that I avoided walking up hill & kept out of the sun as much as possible, etc. He gave me some medicines to take. In the evening some of Dr. Bailey's Mission Nagas sang hymns, translated into Ao. The effect was far from pleasing as the voices were hard & raucous. The performance would not compare with the Angami singing their own native songs, such as I had heard in Khonoma on Sept. 18th. European music does not suit Nagas.