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: trans-frontier raids from 1920 to 1946
medium: notes
person: Dundas
ethnicgroup: Kuki
location: Yangnyu R. (Yangmein R.) Meluri (Melomi) Primi Kaghami
date: 19.9.1941
person: Pawsey/ C.R.Archer/ W.G.
date: 25.4.19471946-1948
refnum: 13:2
text: D.C's no. 4442G dt. 19/9/41: sends copies of all correspondence since 1925 about use of guns in tribal warfare. Distribution methods of control. 279 heads taken between 1936-39. The whole of W. bank of Yangmein has gone out of cultivation. Can be compared with the Melomi-Primi area, of which Mr Dundas said in 1908 "So great seemed their dread of the Kukis that they were afraid to cultivate their old fields across the boundary even while living in our territory...the hardest case seemed that of Kaghami. The Gaonbura showed me two bundles of sticks one about five times as large as the other and explained that the larger bundle represented the number of people killed by the Kukis and the smaller those still living in the jungle away from their site...Here was a paradise indeed till the Kuki came with his gun". D.C. goes on "The only solution will be the extension of the control area up to the Patkoi. The sooner this is done the better."