The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: murders in the Trans-frontier region
medium: notes
person: Posoki
location: Litsami
person: Reid/ W.J.WilliamsonArcher/ W.G.
date: 27.9.19051946-1948
refnum: 13:1
text: 4. The above list shows what the present condition of our frontier is. And the list enumerates only the occurences of which we have received information. Your letter no. 393F or 2491J of 6th June 1904, says that the Local Administration deplores such occurences, and, while unable to intervene actively except on special occasions, may have to construe the frequent occurence of such attrocities as a special occasion. I have myself endeavoured to explain these orders, but they have been unheeded. A notable instance is the raid by Litsami on Posoki's village, which was reported in my no. 113G of 12th April 1905. It has been recognised all along that there are two sets of circumstances to be considered on the frontier. The first consists of occurences in which British subjects are concerned, whether as offenders or as sufferers. The second relates to the dealings of independent villages among themselves. I shall deal with these separately, but it will be shown that the second cannot but re-act on the first to some extent.