The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Appendices. 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1878-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: medical notes
caption: food grown in the Naga Hills
medium: reports
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: Food of the country.- Rice and millet are the chief articles of cultivation among the Nagas, but pumkins, sweet potatoes, and mustard, are grown as vegetables near villages. The Nagas eat beef, pork, fowls, &c., and it is probably to this diet that they owe their powerful frames, which are strengthened and hardened by the severe exercise of continually ascending and descending their native hills, and by carrying heavy loads. " The muscular development of an adult Naga is admirable."
text: Nevertheless, a large proportion of the population is affected by scurvy.