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: mark erected at Nummah with Nagas' help
medium: tours
location: Zanthu Mt. (Nummah Mt.)
date: 30.12.1875
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 13. Next morning I started very early for Nummuh, with a guard of 10 sepoys and 30 coolies, taking with me one day's provisions and a little bedding, intending to encamp on the hill for the night should I not be able to get the mark up and observe the angles. I was doubtful of accomplishing the work that day, as the hill was a long way from camp and bad weather had set in, all the hill-tops being enveloped in mist. About 40 Nagas from the village accompanied me voluntarily, and with their aid the hill was rapidly cleared, the mark erected, and, the weather fortunately clearing up, the necessary observations were secured. On my way back through the village, one of the seniors invited me into his house, and his cara sposa helped me to two or three different brews of beer, all of which were excellent and very acceptable after the long and hot descent from the hill. He was a big man, considering the ordinary size of Nagas, and stood beside me comparing his height with mine. On return to camp I found that all my rice-bags were filled up, _ a very lucky thing, as we were running out of provisions, and none of the villages that we had been to before could supply us with any large quantities. At this place, however, it poured in in maunds, and there was a great deal more brought down than we could carry away.