The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - H.H. Godwin-Austen, Journal of a Tour in Assam, 26th November 1872 to 15th April 1873

caption: to Simagooding on the Diphupani river; drawing slugs
medium: tours
person: Butler
location: Samaguting (Simagooding) Dhansiri R. (Dunsiri R.) Diphupani R.
date: 23.12.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 23rd Decr.
text: It is here left for Simagooding & the road gradually ascends. The fine pure clays of the lower part of the valley are succeeded by those of more sandy nature & small boulder stones occur. [Blank] ft is attained at [blank] miles & nearing the hills the boulders are found much larger until one arrives at last at the base of the low hills on which Simagooding is situated. Forest covers the whole country the whole way, but on this higher slope the trees are smaller & the underwood denser whereas from the near the Dunsiri the forest trees are very large & high but the underwood is not what one wd call dense - with a kookri one cd get through it almost anywhere. I got a good many birds altogether & one new Lesia certainly. The last march into Demapur, shells were very scarce indeed & I got but few - no doubt there are plenty to be got in the rains, but the soil is now so dry it is very hard work looking for them. Pitched camp on the Diphupani below Simagooding. The river of considerable size. The first stratified rocks showing on the LB in grey hard sandstones nearly perpendicular. Strike SW-NE after getting in. I looked up my slugs & made some drawings of them & find I must have at least 3 new forms of Helicarion. Butler very kindly wrote to ask us up to dinner but sent to say we sd be up next day. I shall reserve my description of the Dunsiri until I overlook it from the Simagooding ridge.