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: shooting birds; tomb of a Manipuri; Butler hurts ankle so fails to arrive; no rice brought by Nagas
medium: tours
person: Butler
date: 2.1.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 2nd Jany
text: Abt 10 o/c we started along the ridge to South to shoot birds & remained out until 4 o/c . Heard a bugle towards Jotsama, the Munipuris evidently. Saw the tomb of the Munipuri [blank] who was buried [14] & curiously enough several Nagas were busy clearing away the weeds that had grown among the stones. There is a headstone with a cow & the chukra cut on it & a slab in front with two feet cut on it. Did not get any new birds. A lot of Nagas followed us about wherever we went, mostly boys, from curiosity. One of the men who had been tidying up the tomb joined us & as he was a good specimen of a Naga with large bunches of wool in his ears I got him to sit for his likeness & made an excellent sketch of him. On return to camp heard that Butler had hurt his ankle by a fall walking. Such the report & it appears he has encamped near a small pond on this side of Jotsoma in the jungle so we are all abroad again to know what to do. No rice brought into camp, but it is worthy of note that all our Khasi coolies & a few other servants bought rice for two meals. So it left us still with a bag full. Night cold. Tried to take alt of Pole Star but it was so hazy result was bad. Min 34 degrees; frost white.