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: gold; population
medium: notes
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: In former times these rivers were worked for gold by the Assamese, but the precious metal was not found in sufficient quantities to pay for the working. In the interior the valleys get narrower, and in many cases the rivers flow through deep gorges. The country is densely populated and a very large portion of the hill sides is under cultivation, till we approach the Singphu territory, on the extreme south-east limit of the Assam plains, when the villages become fewer and fewer and the hills present a more unbroken mass of dark green. From the higher peaks in the Angami country as many as seventy (49) large villages can be counted at a time lying dotted about on the ranges of hills bellow, and magnificent panoramic views are to be obtained.