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: dance and spear throwing at Asalu; Namkia of Impoi joins staff
medium: diaries
person: LuikaiBoothGailungNamkia/ of Impoi
location: Asalu
date: 7.3.1940
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: (6) Asalu. March 7th.
text: Went down to village in a.m. & saw dance
text: We were so long with the dance, etc. that we got no dispensary done in the morung, & so returned about 5 p.m. Principal victim was Hainingba's brother, with one sore on the left lower leg, & one on the inside of the top of the groin. Very awkward! He covered what mattered most with a fold of his cloth, but there was only about an inch clearance. He was quite (7) black with caked dirt. After disinfecting the sore (my job) Booth took him behind the morung and gave him a forcible bath, effecting an immense improvement. Then I had to put on a spica for the groin in the middle of the village street, amid laughter from the crowd and pathetic efforts of the victim to keep one hand and a bit of cloth over himself.
text: Gailung (long, would be handsome, but sags at the knees and has less gumption than a dead eel) was sent home, & his red cloth given to Namkia of Impao, ex-dobashi, now attached to my staff.
text: N.B. Namkie, Namkia, or (most nearly, a la Irland) Namkeagh!