The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Decision to continue apparently vindicated as survey work progresses well
medium: tours
person: Tulloch/ Col
ethnicgroup: SemaKuki
location: Sukoptemi Seromi Aochagalimi (Chakalimi) Themoketsa
date: 26.2.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: (47) Saturday 26th.
text: (Very fine all day. Path good most of way but very up and down. Part of it rather obscured and difficult. Max = 77o. Min = 48o. Point at 11 a.m. 6840/6650 M = 6745. Furthest point at noon 6920/6750 M = 6835. Lowest plane table station at 3 p.m. 5390/5200 M = 5245. Camp at 10.30 p.m. 5770/5560 M = 5665.)
text: Up early 5.30 a.m. Spent in shooting pigs and fowls. Started at 8.30. Could not start earlier as men had been unable to get water last night to cook with early, and they had not gone down before 5.30. In fact I turned them out. I sent a party out for the khair I had seen yesterday. About 9 coolie loads. Made our messhouse, fire screen etc. etc. Took a party with me for the rice pounders which had been left in an old camp and sent them back. Went on to mark and tested one or two angles I was doubtful about and sent theodolite back going on myself. We met a few Nagas who after a little shouting retreated leaving on a log of wood on the highest point a packet of rice about one seer and an egg tied up in a leaf. I broke it unfortunately in opening the leaf. We went on and found a path to the left shut up with branches etc. As it was not my way we kept to the right down an apparently newly cut road, and came out at length on the open spur above Sukoptemi? I plane tabled all the valley east of these two villages which I had not time to visit unfortunately. I fancy the Nagas from the little village up the valley had shut up the road to the left above mentioned hoping that we would go on to the bigger villages as we did. If they also cut the path for us to take they did us good service as we should have had a little difficulty otherwise in finding our way. (All villages seen in valley are small ie. about 50 houses, with the clumps of bamboo in which all Sema villages are buried, and by which surrounded.) Returning we had to wait half an hour (which I employed in getting the Kukis with me to make torches which found (sic) most useful) to let six sepoys get up with us. They kept us back so long that we had to come along ridge by torch light and did not reach (48) camp till nearly 9 p.m. Heard from the Colonel that surrounding villages (Seromi, Chakalimi, and the five below) had come in with presents, goats, rice etc. Themoketsa has been doing service good business in exchanging goats' hair and brass ornaments, necklaces etc. (the latter being loot) for the rupees paid for rice etc.