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: back to Wokha via Nidzukru; Butler's death; orders to return to Golaghat; warning of likely attack at the Doiang river by Pangti men and people of Rechim
medium: tours
person: NeedhamIpomo/ of Sanigaon
location: Nidzukru Mt. Tophema Therugunyu (Themoketsama) Tseminyu (Themokedima) Tesophenyu (Tesephima) Wokha Yekhum (Yekam) Diyung R. (Doiang R.) Rephyim (Rechim) Pangti Bhagti R. (Bagti R.)
date: 3.1.1876-10.1.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 16. On the 3rd, we again broke camp, Mr. Needham and I parting company, he to return to Samaguting and I to work my way back to Wokha. I sent my camp on to Tophema, while I proceeded direct to Nidzukru. The weather was fine and clear, and I succeeded in securing all the observations, and returned to camp late in the evening.
text: 17. The next day I marched past Themoketsama and through Themokedima, and encamped at Tesephima, and on the 5th arrived at Wokha, having been away fourteen days. It was at Themokedima that the first intimation of the sad catastrophe that had befallen our leader was received as a sort of rumour, and on arrival at Wokha a letter from you confirmed the report. I was detained three days here, owing to bad weather, the Nidzukru signal not being visible. On the 9th, I left with the intention of joining you at Lakhuti, but on the road received a letter from you announcing the death of Captain Butler, and ordering my return to Golaghat.
text: 18. When I arrived at Yekam that day, I was meet by Ipomo, the headman of Sanigaon, and also by the second chief of that place. The former appeared to be very sorrowful, and was crying most bitterly at the tidings of the death of his "father," as he called Captain Butler. There were some eight or ten other Nagas with him. Ipomo tried very hard to dissuade me from proceeding to the Doiang, declaring that the party would be attacked on our way down to the river by the people of Rechim; he also said that some Pangti men were there. While Ipomo was talking to me, some of the Nagas present began to consult their omens; and after communicating the result (as I thought) to him, he became still more importunate in his desire for me to stay, saying that we were a small body, and would all be cut up. He accompanied me through the village, and remained with me at the other side while I waited the arrival of the coolies. He made another effort to keep me back as I was going off, laying hold of me by the arm and detaining me, when I was obliged to have him forcibly removed. We, however, got down to the Doiang without meeting with any opposition. I meet a few Nagas on the way, carrying up cooked rice and liquor, _ meat and drink, no doubt, from friends of the fugitives from Pangti who were at the time harboured by Rechim and Changse. After a short rest at the Doiang, I proceeded through Sanigaon and pitched camp on the Bagti River.
text: 19. On the 10th, I marched through Bhandari and camped on the Nungjam River, and on the following day joined you at Golaghat.