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: to Nungatung; warring villages; to Wokha
medium: tours
location: Lungithang (Nungatung) Sanakesami (Chelokesami)
date: 4.3.1876-5.3.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 37. On the 4th March, we went to Nungatung, via Chelokesami. The first guide we took from this latter village said that war was raging between the two, and made his escape before going very far. An unsuccessful attempt was made to stop him, when we heard another man calling to us from above, and, when he had joined us, he said he would take us into Nungatung, which he did. I asked how it was that he could go there without danger, when the other men of his village had refused to guide us; he explained that some time before, when the two villages were at peace, he (a Nungatung man) had married a girl in Chelokesami and settled there, and, in consequence, he is looked upon as a neutral, and can pass backwards and forwards between the belligerent villages without fear. The Nungatung men have a keen eye to business, and assembled outside our camp at 3.30 a.m. with cloths, yams, and other articles for sale. On the 5th we marched into Wokha, where we found Messrs. Hinde and Ogle, who had arrived an hour before. I append Mr. Hinde's report of his proceedings (see Appendix C.).