The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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caption: extracts of a letter from a member of the survey party [Godwin-Austen]
caption: report of destruction of villages by Munipuris
medium: tours
date: 26.1.1873-29.1.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: On the 27th. Men from Razami came in on 26th, and reported the destruction of three villages close to theirs by the Munipuris, who, however, they said did not come on to theirs, as we (the sahibs) they had heard, were near. These men were very anxious we should come on to their village, which we reached on the 28th. On topping the crest of the pass over the Kopamedza range, the blackened sites of Gaziphimi, Thizami and Khipimi, lying below us, told their own tale. Razami, as I said above, escaped owing to our near approach, but much more to its excessively stronf position, standing on the edge of a precipitous fall towards the eastward and valley side, by which the Munipuris must have advanced; it is also a large place of 320 houses. To show the good feeling of the Nagas towards us, the men of Kezahkenoma and Razami had cleared the peak of Kopamedza, just north of the pass, and shown by two of our Gurkha khalasis had set up a pyramid mark. So that on the 29th, at daybreak, we were able to visit the peak, and all angles were observed that day by the evening. the view over the country to the east was extremely fine, and we looked down upon, for the first time, the many tributaries of the Lanier, which flows to Assam, and is known there as the Dikhu. Peak X and neighbouring mountains were very distinct, and their accurate positions were that day secured, as well as many others to the south-east towards the Burmah border.