The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

unidentified published pieces

caption: extracts of a letter from a member of the survey party [Godwin-Austen]
caption: village feuds
medium: tours
location: Yemi (Yemai)
date: 2.2.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: The next day men from the neighbouring village of Yemai came in, and expressed themselves friendly. These fellows were detected at about one o'clock setting fire to houses that had escaped (the two villages have an old feud). They were put in the guard at once, but released in the evening, and sent back to their village. This was a good example of the enmity existing between neighbouring Naga communities. Parties of Nagas were seen about during the day, and an advanced picket on the south-east road was surprised in the evening by Captain Butler, and they bolted so quickly that one fellow left his spear still standing as he had stuck it in the ground. During the night Nagas were moving about round our position, and were passing off to the side we had marched in by. Large fires were kept burning in advance of the sentries all night.