The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes on the Zemi Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: extinct village of Izeingram; Angami raiding
medium: notes
person: Paozeguong/ of AsaluHaichangnangNamrebuing/ of Asalu
ethnicgroup: Angami
date: 7.1940
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, ring binder 1
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: Izeingram
text: A village of this name once stood on the hill above Lower Haflong Station. It was called after its founder, or principal hero, a man named Izeing. He was a noted warrior and had taken two or three Angami heads. The village is also said to have dealt with an Angami raiding party by magic. Izeing is said to have slept outside the village every night with his dogs, who gave tongue at the approach of strangers, and the place where he slept is still pointed out. The Angamis had a particular spite against Izeingram and made several raids on it, the last of which wiped it out within the memory of the old people still living. Paozeguong (father of Haichangnang, my dak-wala, and later gaonbura of Asalu) was a young man at the time, and according to Haichangnang, the Asalu people had gone to their fields one morning when two young men came over from Izeingram to report that the village had been attacked in the night and many people killed. Namrebuing of Asalu was a small boy at the time and told the writer in July 1940 that he remembered hearing about the raid; there is also an old woman in the village who can remember it. The Angamis came by the old route through the saddle between Semkhor and Guilong, passing well to the north of Asalu, where sepoys were stationed. Somewhere on the hill above the Duizhung Bridge, between the site of Izeingram and the lately-extinct Indiekparam is a patch of level ground where the Angamis are said to have gathered and discussed by which route they should attack Izeingram.
text: Even when the sepoys were at Asalu the Angamis used to make minor raids. On one occasion an Asalu man went down to fish in the Mahur river, and as he bent over the water an Angami hidden in the jungle threw a spear at him and hit him in the head. The man ran off, carrying the spear stuck in the wound, and when he was at last found, the spear was battered and broken by his flight through the jungle.