The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

diaries kept by Ursula Graham Bower on visits to Manipur and North Cachar between 1937 and 1940

caption: Nagas treated for illness; hard march to Ukhrul village
medium: diaries
person: Taylor/ Col.Taylor/ Mrs.Duncan/ Mrs.Pongse
location: Ukhrul
date: 13.11.1937
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: Nov. 13th
text: Left Tuinem about 8.30, slightly ahead of the coolies & escorted by headmen & chorus, who appeared to have slept at the bungalow instead of in the village. We sang a good bit of the way. Hope the Nagas (14) enjoyed it. It sounded pretty bloody to me. Feet hellish sore & badly blistered, but well greased & plastered up. Escort left us after a couple of miles. Photographed them right & left, and so parted.
text: Kept meeting parties, some going to work in the fields. One man shouted across the valley, a sort of high yell which carried the dickens of a way. I suppose it was about us. The Nagas were a fascinating sight on the hill-paths, men & boys & women, with all their blankets & bead necklaces. Several sick by the road, but Colonel T. sent them all down to the bridge at the bottom (15) where he took out the medicine box & held court with Pongse.
text: Mrs Duncan had set up the bungalow for us in the most marvellous way, dressing-tables, chairs, fire, etc. Went to tiffin there and made inquiries about blankets, & that afternoon 3 blankets apiece turned up from Mrs D. Lovely ones, man's & the 2 womens. Most embarassing. Dinner at the Duncans, all three of us very tired and desperately stiff, or Mrs T. and I were. Couldn't get my right leg up without lifting it. Home to bed about 10 o'clock. 14 mile march. Got in 2.15.