The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the So-Called Naga Hills, on our North-East Frontier of India', by Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1881

caption: introduction
medium: notes
person: Godwin-Austen
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: (46) Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting The So-Called Naga Hills, on our North-East Frontier of India.
text: By Lieutenant- Colonel R. G. Woodthorpe, R.E.
text: Part I
text: In the limits of the necessarily short paper which I have the honour of reading to you to-night, it will be impossible to do much more than allude in the briefest way to distinguishing and peculiar characteristics of the very many diverse tribes who inhabit the so-called Naga Hills on our north-east frontier of India. I do not intend to theorize to any great extent concerning the origin of these tribes. I leave this to abler and better-informed men than I am, my object being simply to assist them in forming their conclusions by stating what I know to be facts concerning the Nagas.
text: In the very interesting field of research afforded by the Naga Hills, I followed in the footsteps of Colonel Godwin-Austen, and I am fully sensible of the loss which science sustained by that officer's retirement from the field, and cannot but feel how much more (47) valuable would have been the results of our operations in those hills had Colonel Godwin-Austen remained to conduct them to end.