The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Further difficulties encountered trying to pursue survey work in presence of hostile Nagas
medium: tours
person: Tulloch/ Col
location: Lukobomi (Lukobo) Lukobomi Lukoptemi Lomokomi (Lunkomi)
date: 23.2.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: (43) Wednesday 23rd.
text: (Fine but rather hazy. Cloudy evening and little rain. Height of Lukobo at 9 a.m. 5780/5560 M = 5670. Height of fixed point at 3.30 p.m. 7080/6910 M = 6995. Height of station 5 p.m. 6910/6740 M = 6825. At 6 p.m. on 24th 6910/6700 M = 6805. Height of camp at 8 p.m. 6410/6200 M = 6305. Min = 38.5o. Road good uphill rather steep. Camp in steep open old joom about 1 mile from Lukobo. Water in ravine a little way down.)
text: Up early. Man from Lukobomi came in and went up with us. All the villagers behind us turned out in war array and followed close on rear guard. I warned them several times to keep their distance, but as they persisted in coming on as soon as my back was turned, I fired over their heads and that had some effect. The Gaonbura said he would stop them at certain places and if they came beyond I might fire at them. A young fellow with us also planted long grass in the path to show them that they were not to come on, but on arriving in the village I was told that they were all within a yard or two of the rearguard so I returned and fired on them, when they skedaddled. As usual the villagers were all fully equipped for war and promised a good deal but their promises only resulted in a fowl, a few eggs and a handful of rice. A man led us to an old joom about quarter of a mile from village and pointed to a ravine as containing water and then broke away from the constables leaving his dao behind. No water was found on searching the ravines about. The Colonel and I came on to look for our encamping ground near my mark and at length found this and sent back for the coolies who came up while we were at breakfast. I sent some of them up at once to commence clearing. Shortly after a single Naga appeared in the road and said he was afraid to come on, but shortly he came forward followed at once by all the others armed. I showed them a red cloth and promised it to them if they would bring rice. I left the Colonel to look after them and went up to the mark. The clearing had begun. I went on as far as the fixed point (Hill etc. of Lukoptemi) to see if there (44) was a better spot than the one chosen for the mark but was unsuccessful. Returning we came suddenly across two Nagas who said they were from Lunkomi ? ? Lumokomi wherever that is. They also were in war paint and skedaddled very soon in opposite directions. Returned to camp about 5.30.