The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Commencement of tour - march to Nian
medium: tours
person: HindeOgle
ethnicgroup: TablungiaKukiNiania
location: Nian Wanching (Tablung) Kamahu Yangnyu R. (Yangnu R.) Kongan Yungya (Yangia) Yacham Tangsa Kamahu (Pengsa)
date: 9.2.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Wednesday 9th.
text: (Fine but hazy. Road today good to within a short distance of river. Then very stiff and broken. Good and easy ascent to Nian village. Height of Tablung village 4410/4250 M = 4330. Height of river "Yangnu" 760/730 M = 745. Height of camp 1720/1730 M = 1720. SKETCH Nian pipe
text: Up early. Wrote one or two officials. Started Hinde and Ogle off towards Kongan and left ourselves about 9. Marched to river called by Tablungias Yangnu. Shot two perguma on road. There waited for jangars and bathed. Breakfast. Started again. Found that Nian Tangsa Pengsa called by them Kamahu are all Tablungias but Yangia Yacham are not. About 1.5 miles from village saw a few Nianias and a small shed just commenced this they said they were preparing it for us as there was no water anywhere else. We came up a little higher intending to go on towards Yangia but were assured there was no water between Nian and Yangia, and as it is very probable there is not the road running along a bare ridge apparently - determined to halt here and do some work about the village. Unfortunately it was so hazy on the watershed side that I could do very little. Came into camp. Amused several Nagas and Kukis with musical box. Did a little work this side. Bathed. Nianias brought in 2 fowls about 6 seers of rice in most ridiculous little plantain leaf packets of about 1 seer each. They brought a very large number of kulelias. They say they subsist principally on the latter themselves and have very little rice.