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: Asalu to Tolpi via Impao, Namkia's village; Booth questions Masang about the Gaidiliu affair
medium: diaries
person: NamkiaHainingbaMasangBoothGaidiliu
date: 8.3.1940
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
seealso: Soppitt, 'A Short Account of the Kachcha Naga' 1885
text: Tolpi March 8th.
text: A long march, mainly by reason of dispensaries. Started with 1.5 hours in Asalu before breakfast. Hainingba's brother & father again; more spica for the groin - Worked 7 to 8.30 a.m.
text: Breakfasted, and left. First stop, Impao. Reception committee on road, zu at Namkia's house in village. He collected his belongings; Masang did a spirited war-dance with another man & a borrowed shield; saw ancient stone roughly carved to shape of elephant. Impao old site, Soppitt's Empeo. Village moved to Asalu, and recently split, a party returning to the traditional site, where there had obviously been a big village at one time. Photographed boy who might almost be of African strain; must get his pedigree. Considerable curly-haired, dark-skinned streak here; Namkia straight-haired, typical Naga. Matai "Golliwog" shock of curly hair, very dark, stocky.
text: Dispensary in Kuki village below road just (10) before tiffin; then another in evening, up hill to N. of road, in pass; then Tolpi. Perao all in a long line under lee of hill, damp, & rather chilly; presented with goat in interesting condition by one village, & kid by Tolpi.
text: Drinks round fire in evening. Booth questioning Masang about his adventures with Gaideliu. Masang's face took on a wary look at the first word. He was very careful what he said. There is that in Masang's past he would prefer to keep to himself! (Note: Possibly there is! Haido, arrested for murder at Lakema, declared Masang was one of the 14 implicated. Masang denies it; so far no evidence against him.)