The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

part of original tour diary of Lt. R.G. Woodthorpe 1876

caption: Surveying work delayed by fog; sketching; firewood for the dead
medium: tours
person: Ogle
location: Molungyimchen (Deka Haimong)
date: 30.1.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: (12) Sunday 30th
text: (Cloudy and misty. Rained rather heavily about 3 a.m. and little sprinkling now and then during day. Same camp. Min = 47o.)
text: Got up early and took 50 coolies to hill just out of village. Missed a pheasant. Could not get gun up in grass jungle. Left them to clear point and put up mark which I plane tabled at various spots down the spur. Could not see that Ogle had got his mark up yet at Deka Haimong.
text: Got in a good deal of work considering the wretched weather. Found mark up on coming up hill again at 12.30. Too foggy to observe at all. Determined on halting today, partly to give a chance of taking observations in the evening, but principally because the coolies etc. had all got their huts made here and it looked like rain; and had we marched we could not have got off before 2 p.m. and should not have gone far enough by evening to make it worth risking having no time to find water, camping ground or build shanties before dark. Had breakfast at 1.30. After made sketch of Gaonbura who protested according to the Naga superstition that he would die in consequence but did not seem to care much arranging & rearranging dress and ornaments the whole time to his best advantage. After gave him a tune on the musical box and went up to sketch tomb at entrance to village. Some of my men wishing to light a fire proposed to take some old dry bamboo and rotten wood lying in a heap near. They were prevented by the Nagas, who explained that it was collected for the dead and must not be touched. Came down later on and shaded some of my hill work till dark.