The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter One. The Naga Hills
caption: arrival at Kohima, description of
medium: books
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The tropical forest receded as we gained height, until at last we came to the region where the Angami Nagas grow rice on irrigated terraces. During the rains the road was often threatened by landslides and at one place numerous Nagas were busy clearing it. About 4,800 feet above sea level, the houses of Kohima, seat of the Deputy Commissioner and administrative centre of the Naga Hills, lay scattered over a broad saddle. There were not many of these low, red-roofed bungalows, for the number of Government officers was small and only as many shop-keepers were permitted in the one-street bazaar as were required to cater to the needs of the few clerks and the small garrison of Assam Rifles.