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: to Chota Nenglo
medium: diaries
person: Degalang
date: 7.4.1940-8.4.1940
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: (57) Chota Nenglo April 7th
text: A hot, though not long, march by a Naga path. Several familiar faces, and quite a decent little perao beyond the village, alongside the water-pipe. The cook managed to lose one of the glasses, this making the third, and reducing me to one tea-cup and a state of extreme annoyance. My old friend the horse-faced buck who was at Hegokulwa was in the reception committee, which included all the bucks and blades and belles in full war-paint. Accumulated eggs, lemons, and drink (various).
text: (58) Chota Nenglo April 8th
text: Kicked about camp, dispensed, etc. Spear-throwing in the evening. None of them much good; Namkiagh perfectly rotten at it! Spears little use, either. The hut was full of voracious rats which galloped about all night, driving Khamba quite frantic.
text: Saw Degalang, the new dog-boy, taking longer to kill a hen than I would have believed possible.