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: preparations for a tour through Angami country with Mills
medium: books
person: Mills/ J.P.
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: "The day after tomorrow I am going on tour through some Eastern Angami villages. Would you like to come with me? We shall be away about a fortnight."
text: Nothing could have pleased me more. A tour with Mills was an excellent initiation into life among the Nagas. All sorts of preparations had to be made. As soon as one leaves the motor road (6) one is dependent on coolie transport, and my suitcases and boxes were all too heavy or of the wrong shape. Nagas carry on their backs, the load supported by a headband, and everyone travelling in the hills uses high covered baskets plaited of cane and bamboo. Mills lent me a few of these slender and more or less water-tight joppa and in them I packed my kit and bedding.