The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twelve. Towards Unknown Country
caption: setting off from Chare into unadministered territory
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Chimei R. Phire-Ahire (Phire-ahire)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Next morning it rained, and it was still raining when we broke camp At midday we crossed the Chimei River, which forms the frontier of the administered territory, leaving British India behind and entering the land of the independent Naga tribes. If only the crossing of all frontiers were so simple, so inconspicuous as that exit from British India! After a long and tiring march we camped for the night at Phire-ahire. We were now in the middle of the Sangtam country, inhabited by a tribe in dress and custom akin to the Aos, which has been gradually driven northwards by its more warlike Sema neighbours.