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: roads
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: HatigoriaDupdoriaAssiringia
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: The Hatigorias, as road engineers, far surpass their neighbours. Their roads are constructed with due regard to the easiest gradients, and are not carried up and down over every little hillock. The steeper parts are steeped and paved to prevent the rain washing channels in them, and in the gentler gradients cuts are made across the road at every change of inclination or direction in the most scientific manner to carry off the water down the hill-side. Among some of the other tribes the Lhotas, for example, the paths are narrow, never avoid obstacles and often seem made expressly to carry off the drainage of the country around. The mode of repairing them when the narrow path has been worn into a deep furrow, is to fill the latter with long tree trunks, the wobbling of which, and the steep slope at which they are often laid, making them very unsafe.