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: plane-tabling; Kuntak village formerly burnt by Munipuris for not supplying rice
medium: tours
location: Phalthang Kuntak
date: 25.3.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: [68] 25th March
text: The day's march was through lovely country the whole way to Phathang overlooking he right bank of the Thobal. Pines which are seen again in the valley of the Ihang in scanty clumps, are now the common tree & the country is just sufficiently wooded being neither dense forest or all grass so often the case in these hills. The villages are of good size, Kuntak shewed unmistakable signs of a former destruction by fire & on enquiry we learnt this had been applied to it by the Munipuris 3 years ago, for not giving rice when called on. We got over about 10 miles of ground & I did a good lump on the Plane Table. Very hazy after the late rain. Obtained a new Babbler & [blank] & the little pied fly catcher [blank]. Flycatchers coming in as I have got 4 species within the last 2 days, hardly one to be seen previously. The Koel too is now heard in many a shady ravine. Phathang was a large village built on the ridge running down towards the Thobal.