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: un-kilted Nagas
medium: notes
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: In my last paper I dealt only with the Angamis, or kilted Nagas, who, as I then stated, are distinguished from all the other Naga tribes by many striking characteristics. We now turn to the second great section of unkilted Nagas, which includes by far the larger portion of the inhabitants of these hills. It is great pity that political and other considerations prevented any exploration beyond the great chain of the Saramethi Peaks, which would have enabled us to trace the tribes from the Naga Hills into the Burmese territory, and thus have decided which section, kilted or non-kilted, is more nearly allied to the tribes inhabiting the confines of Burmah. As I have before remarked, all the tribes included in the second section, of whom I treat to-night, diverge from each other considerably in many minor details, but the differences merge into each other a good deal, and the tribes all seem to belong to the same race, whereas time, proximity, intercourse, and the same geographical conditions seem alike unable to modify the sharp differences which divide the kilted from the non-kilted Nagas, or assimilate them to each other.