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: Imphal to Yaingangpokpi
medium: diaries
date: 9.3.1939
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: (1) Yaingangpokpi, March 9th (1939)
text: Rained hard in a.m. Depressed lorry-driver said he didn't think he could do it. After prolonged argument with driver and compounder, Jeff sent chaprassi on bike to call coolies in to head of pukka road. Eventually left with lorry completely full of jappas and children, at 3p.m. Reached Y'pokpi about 5 in lorry, coolies saying road was O.K. & they'd rather walk back without my loads than with them. Wombat fell on bungalow path and grazed his knee; fuss about quarters, where chaukidar had been cutting up cow for his wife's funeral and omitted to remove traces. More fuss over compounder's coolies. Thunderstorm, and so to bed.