The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: Shemkhor's cloth
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
seealso: headman of Shemkhor with Kachari Kings cloth
text: Shemkhor's cloth
text: Mokordhon the Kachari king gave it them on his death-bed, as a permanent protection against forced labour, or exactions of any kind by his successors, and gave them exemption from soldiering, chaprassing, and being taken to different and distant places, as "if they go far away, even in a carriage, they go foolish".
text: Given them in Shemkhor, as a permanent protection (see above) after which he went to Khaspur and the line died out.
text: The Rajah first took 10 men and 10 girls. The Kachari rajas married Nagas and Manipuris, but never married Kukis, who are the dirtiest of the the lot.
text: The Raja told them to wear ear-rings such as he wore, which they do to this day.