The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Two. Feasts Of Merit
caption: return to Kohima, June 1936, learning Assamese
medium: books
person: Mills
ethnicgroup: Angami
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: We returned to Kohima after a fortnight's tour. Mills had counted the houses of several villages and settled numerous quarrels, and I had learnt a good deal about the practical side of anthropological field work. But I was still hopelessly dependent on Mills for translating the peculiar Assamese which is used as the lingua franca of the Naga Hills. As I found it difficult to understand a single word I felt rather dejected at the prospect of being left to myself in a Naga village.