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: the Munipuri thanna in Powi; Munipuri threats against Powi Nagas
medium: tours
person: Butler
location: Paowi (Powi) Phunggam (Phunggum)
date: 1.4.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 1st April
text: On the morning of the 1st I went out with PT to the Eastern side of the village where the thanna was situated. It consisted of a square rough stockade with small bastions as angles & a collection of huts which inside which would hold perhaps 200 men closely packed & had not been built I should say more than 2 months. Met Butler in village but we could not get a word of information out of the Nagas as to the names of the villages & rivers about. They said that "you sahibs are here for a few days & if we give information the Munipuris will cut our throats after you are gone." The custom of setting stones upright in the ground recommences again at Powi, but they are generally small at Phunggum & also at Powi, long lines of very small stones were noticed on the sides of the paths, the stones being not more than a foot or so in size & often the white limestone-looking rock (true limestone) had been selected for the purpose. In Powi I noticed that the graves were dug in front of the houses. A low mound marks the spot & a thin stick with the skull of some animal is also stuck up on it.