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: godowns and barracks at Senua with tiger decoration
medium: tours
person: Goad/ Mr.HindeOgle
location: Senua Borbanchang (Bor Bansang)
date: 9.4.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 50. We reached Senua village early on the 9th. The "Rajah's" house and the huts occupied by the expedition last year are all in ruins, tall weeds growing over them, that part of the village having been entirely deserted. Just outside Senua, on a well-chosen spot, were most elaborately-constructed godowns and barracks, etc., surrounded by a most serviceable stockade; the upper end of the enclosure was adorned by the figure in clay of a couchant tiger, more than life size, painted yellow and striped most artistically. We found that the godowns, tiger, etc., had all been made by the Senua men for us, in accordance with instructions they had received through Mr. Hinde early in the season. The site chosen would have been a most convenient one in every way for our work,, but, unfortunately, Mr. Goad, District Superintendent of Police, had not approved of it, and established his guard near Bor Bansang, about four miles nearer the plains. We reached this latter place about midday. As I had feared, the hazy weather had detained Messrs. Hinde and Ogle, and they had not then arrived.