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: Appendix A. M.J. Ogle's report
caption: money paid for rice exchanged for spear heads with Naga dobashi
medium: tours
location: Chishilimi (Sillimi)
date: 27.12.1875
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 11. On the 27th, we passed a small village en route to Sillimi, where the people met us with presents. They had also tied a large basket of rice to the stockade round the village; we paid a rupee for this rice in four-anna pieces. I noticed one of our Naga dobashas take out from a bag that he was carrying a worn spike of a spear, about 3 or 4 inches in length; he offered it for the money they had just received. They put a four-anna bit into his hand; he was not satisfied, and told them he must have all. The iron was of greater value to them, and it and the silver changed hands without further bargaining. Sillimi is situated on a broad-topped hill. From the side we approached it, and on the outskirts of the village, was a fine large open piece of ground, which sloped gently down for a considerable distance. Upon the crest of this hill were assembled a number of Nagas, fully armed and separated into two parties.It was a most imposing sight to see them thus collected in their "war-paint;" but when they found that our motives were peaceful, they dispersed at once, their leaders taking us through the village.