The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Report of the Survey Operations in the Naga Hills 1875-1876' by Lt. R.G. Woodthorpe

caption: trouble causes by followers from Tablung demanding quatering in Kamahu; rice supplies
medium: tours
location: Kamahu
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 26. This village had given us five or six maunds of rice (for which, of course, they were paid), so I was at a loss to understand this sudden declaration of war. But I afterwards heard that several men from Tablung, not our guides, had followed us to Kamahu, and had demanded free quarters and living on the plea of being our friends. This demand Kamahu naturally refused to comply with, saying they had given us what we wanted, but they would not give to every Naga who chose to go there. I have a strong suspicion, though I could not get it directly confirmed, that, on this refusal, the Tablungias, referring to their having a guard at their village, which would ensure its safety, had threatened Kamahu with our vengeance, perhaps had even said that they would bring us up to burn the village. Hence the "assembly" being sounded, and the warriors turning out in battle array.