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: Thalon camp; animal traps; Kuki graves
medium: diaries
date: 5.12.1938
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: (77) Dec. 5th. Thalon.
text: Very windy night, and cold. Did not go out to see sunrise. Found our time 1 hr. ahead of Imphal time. Altered watches. Got Permanganate, Iodine, Boric Ointment and 3 bandages from hospital. Bandages pretty Katcha. Succeeded in collecting Peter's tape-worm just before breakfast - including head. Dosed him with worm capsules. [3]. Jeff went off to do jobs.
text: Umaid reported sick with fever.
text: While sitting about in a.m. keeping eye on Peter, Jeff hailed us and said woman was weaving in sun down below. Went down with cameras and sketch-book and found 2 women weaving, one doing the twill or diamond pattern band on on a black and red cloth.
text: In evening, Jeff, ragging me and running round house, slipped and banged his bad knee. Shook himself up badly. Gave him a stiff whisky and dressed wound and he went to bed. Dr Babu produced Kuki mat, but too thin in pile. He also reported Jenap and Umaid unfit to march. Dr Babu a perfectly good Tangkhul from Ukhrul, complete with pierced ears. Very interested in my photos, asked for copies of two, gave him glossy of Tuinem headman and Matt of Michivam. (79)
text: Copied epitaphs on graves by road, on hilltop.