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 Cheromi; good roads; shingle roofs
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Khezamah
location: Cheroma (Cheromi) Nizami
date: 22.1.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: Jany. 27th.
text: At birds before breakfast. We were off by 9.30 leaving some of our baggage & sick men behind so that we should not be dependent on the villages ahead for carriage. We descended to the stream in the valley below the Kazarhi & then by easy gradient & capital path into the village of Cheromi. Where the whole population were out to receive us & in front of a large house in the middle of the village two large jars of liquor were brought out for all to partake of. It was a most interesting sight, all the women lining the terraces round looking down on the mingled crowd of police, coolies Nagas & the sahib together every Naga armed with spear, many with two & some of them got up in their bright colored ornaments. The road on past the villages of Tephomi & Nizami was excellent, broad, in good order & in fact laden mules might have gone over the whole day's march. At the last named place we saw shingle roofs in for the first time. These Khezamahs are the same in every way to the Angami or Tengimah. I cd see no difference. The women are by no means good looking, only one among those who came to look at us was at all pleasing. From the next valley the Zaburhi there was a pretty stiff ascent & it was decided to halt at the place where bkfast was being prepared as we found Razameh on other side of range cd not be reached before dark. A dak came in 7 days from Simagooding & I had a lot to do until past 10 o/c letter writing.