The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.P. Mills, tour diary, January 1928

caption: to Gunjong; assessment for revenue; men's dormitories; courtship; smallpox outbreak; cotton agencies
medium: notestours
ethnicgroup: Kachari
location: Gunjong Longren Disao
date: 26.1.1928
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1.1928
refnum: (from): J.P.Mills and others, "Tour Diaries and Administrative Notes from the North Cachar Hills, Assam. 1928-1940. Unpublished Government Papers" at SOAS Library, London. Pam. Assam B 314349.
text: 26th Jan. To Gunjong, the old Subdivisional Head-Quarters. 10 miles 8-12:45. We went via Longren and Disao, through Kachari country all the way. Checking of houses appears to be more necessary in Kachari villages than in those of any other tribe. On the ground that widows pay no house tax the Mauzadars have been writing off any house in which there is a widow regardless of what other stalwart inhabitants it may contain.
text: Every Kachari village in the hills seems to contain a 'deka chang' in which the young men sleep, though the custom has died out in the plains. Heavy canes are kept in them one of which a young man takes with him when he goes to visit his lady love, for use if he finds he has been forestalled by a rival.
text: The Mauzadar could not meet us as he is down with smallpox in, where there are 8 cases. The outbreak is widely spread, and it is difficult to believe the Vaccination has ben efficiently carried out in the past. More touring by the Subdivisional Officer will help to remedy this.
text: In Gunjong two Kacharis have set up cotton agencies, a movement to be encouraged. They are paying 8/- a maund.