The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Receiving village deputations and gifts; custom of marking grain ownership
medium: tours
person: OgleMemaram
location: Lungkam (Nankam) Lotesami (Latesami) Pangti
date: 27.2.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Sunday 27th.
text: (Very fine day and night. Dense haze in afternoon. Height of camp at 2 p.m. 5910/5700 M = 5805. Max = 72o. Min = 44o. Height of camp at 9.30 p.m. 5860/5650 M = 5755.)
text: Halted today to receive deputations as villages were likely to come in. Got up late ie. 7 a.m. after a slight dose of medicine. Did a little plane tabling etc. Villagers from below came up with rice and fowls. At 9.30 I went off for more. Did little work and inked up during the afternoon. Sent heliotropers up to mark tree as Ogle was at Nankam, but they did not get any flash from him. During the morning Latesami came in with rice and fowls. I told them we should pass through their village tomorrow and they were to have supplies ready. In the afternoon they returned with a goat etc. and I afterwards heard that they said it would be better if we took some other route. It occured to me that as I had accepted their goat they might imagine I meant to accede to their request not to go to their village. I therefore got Memaram to explain that I had no intention of altering my routes but that if they were not hostile, not the slightest harm should happen to them and they left. The explanation given of the previous suspicion and hostility was that as we had come from (49) Nankam it was supposed we had espoused the cause of that village and were coming to do battle on its behalf. Memaram explained to them we could not accept this as satisfactory as no Nankam men had come with us and we had passed through 3 villages without damaging any one of them. I took a few fowls during the evening.
text: I discovered that the leaves tied up onto blackened posts of dhan houses here (as I had observed at Pangti) do not imply, as I had imagined, a desire for peace, but are simply a mark of the owner of the heap of grain lying by, to proclaim that it is his.