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: Saramba camp to Joute
medium: diaries
person: Shumshu
location: Saramba Joute
date: 10.12.1937
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: Dec. 10th
text: Saramba Camp to Joute. Next march reputed to be 3 miles, one beyond 6, so Jeff told coolies to double. Many Nagas in camp, all rather (50) wild. Strongly objected to doubling march, wanted 4 annas for 3 miles. As soon as we left camp for shore, row began. Lumbu trying to oil ride on Jeff's raft. Shumshu appeared on bank, letting off uninterupted Manipuri at quite deaf lumbu. Lex & I got Jeff (at last) to sent lumbu up. Eventually had to do 3 mile march. Camera packed in japha, so no photos to-day, and little to report. Camp some way from river, in jungle. Sanitation by hole in floor of platform erected over deep nullah, with hole loyally dug 20 foot down. Headman wild-haired but amusing Kuki. Sat by the fire at 1 yard range & had hell of a good look. Nagas came by with live rats held by tails; destined for stew. Dusk, & way to H. of P. very boggy.