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; a brush with the Nagas ends peacefully; styles of carving on gates and doors
medium: tours
person: IrimanTulloch/ ColMemaramOgle
ethnicgroup: Hatigoria
location: Chuchu Yimlang (Susu) Ungri (Unrurr) Akhoia (Akoya) Molungyimchen (Deka Haimong) Mongsenyimti (Boralangi) Lungkam (Nankam)
date: 31.1.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: (13) Monday 31st.
text: (Rainy morning cloud and fog most of the day. Little rain again in the afternoon. Height of Susu 3710/3600 M = 3655. About 200 houses. Height of Unrurr 3860/3750 M = 3805. 150 houses. Height of point 4110/3980 M = 4045. Height of camp 3610/3530 M = 3570. Min 51o. Road very tolerable. Steep descent after leaving village but good throughout.)
text: Got up early and started notwithstanding threatening. If we wait for rain and fog we shall probably halt for a month. Tabled along doing a little work when the fog allowed. Arrived at Unrurr about 12. Looked out for camping ground. Found a very good one with plenty of water. Had breakfast and after gave assembled Nagas tune on the musical box at request of Boralangi gaonbura. Went up hill to clear point. Coolies halted and they told me Nagas had shut up the road ahead with spears. Expecting to meet with active opposition I went up to it and found 3 spears on one side and two on the other of the path and two shields but no Nagas anywhere. Iriman said he was first. I saw a Naga dodging about among the spears who bolted when he saw our party. Some Nagas came up with us shortly after whom I had seen in camp. As none of them knew Assamese we could not come to any understanding. I sent the spear with a note to Col. Tulloch to order Memaram to find out what they had been stuck up in the road for and also asked for an extra guard for the coolies whom I started cutting and when their guard arrived I came back to camp. The spears etc. it turned out belonged to some Akoya men who had come into camp and left them up there with a man, the one who bolted while they came down to see us. I expect they were the natives we saw on the hill, as Memaram says they went up but not finding their spears and seeing them after with sepoys came back to camp for them. The Colonel gave them to the men on receipt of my letter and they went away rejoicing. (14) The old man in hair helmet from Boralangi was very energetic when I came back and found the old joom house transformed into a tolerably comfortable messhouse, but I could not understand the drift of his maunderings beyond the usual demand for some recognition of his services and a hope that we would demolish a few villages. He was very urgent in enforcing silence on everyone before making the simplest remark. Looked out for Ogle's mark in Deka Haimong but it is either not up (which I cannot understand) or the fog was too great to see it. Nothing of importance occured during the coming.
text: I noticed in Boralangi and Susu that the entrance to the bachelor's houses is guarded by a double stair or style.