The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes taken by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: notes on Siemi sites
caption: site eleven
medium: notes
location: Hajaichak
date: 10.2.1946
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, folder 6
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: 11. Near, but below, old Naga site (Hajaichak community) about 2 miles S.E. of the present Hajaichak village. Estimated at 30 to 40 houses. Said to be a large stone here on which the "Siemi" ground down their beads, marks still visible.
text: Hajaichak. On a slope on the west bank of a small ravine, which flows S into the "Neoki" nullah; site is thus on North slopes of Neoki valley, tucked up in a fold in the hill. Site was under dense reed grass and ageratum, and almost nothing could be seen. This site contains the Siemi "bead-grinding" stone. We could not locate this in a 2 hour search, as the jungle was so dense and fallen leaves etc. so thick that nothing but large boulders were recognisable. Site contains house-platforms and is in a very hidden position indeed. The stone is described as light-coloured, about 2" across and 9" high, with a trough or grove "like a pig's trough" across the top. No defences known to Nagas. Visited 10.2.1946.