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: Col. Tulloch relieved by Capt. Brydon; new tour into Eastern region
medium: tours
person: Brydon/ Capt.Tulloch/ Col.HindeOgle
location: Sinyang R. (Shiniong R.) Totok Yangnyu R. (Yangnu R.) Choha (Chao) Chen Changka
date: 3.4.1876-4.4.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 47. While waiting at Tablung, Captain Brydon joined us to relieve Colonel Tulloch in command of the escort. And on the 2nd April we started again, dividing our forces - Messrs. Hinde and Ogle proceeding to Punlung and Muniting, etc., while Captain Brydon and I struck eastward. The strength of the respective escorts is given in the margin [below].
text: With Captain Brydon
(2 Native officers
42nd Assam Light (3 Havildars
Infantry (43 Sepoys
(1 Bugler
Naga Hill Police (1 Inspector
(2 Head-Constables
(13 Constables
With Mr. Hinde
(1 Native officer
42nd Assam Light (3 Havildars
Infantry (40 Sepoys
(1 Bugler
Police (1 Head-Constable
(10 Constables
text: We halted for the night on the River Shiniong. The next day we passed through the two villages of Totok, each containing between 200 and 300 houses, where we were exceedingly well received, and halted for the night on the Yangnu, the third branch of the Dikhu. On the 4th, passing through Chao early, we arrived at the first village of Chen about noon. The villagers were assembled at the top of the very steep ascent, fowls in baskets being tied up to a row of bamboo stakes on one side of the road, while on the other was a large number of small leafy packages containing rice; a big basket full of eggs occupied the middle of the road. Here we were again rather at a loss for interpreters, but they made us understand that they had heard of Okha, and pointed out a village, Changka, on a lofty hill, which they wanted us to go and polish off for them. I think it will be seen from this and similar instances how false the prevalent notion is that Nagas, though fighting among themselves, will forget their own private quarrels and combine to expel the intruder. A combination of several tribes (not villages) for such a purpose is, I venture to think, an impossibility.