The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Wet weather; description of Longsa, its water tanks and raised paths
medium: tours
person: OgleTulloch/ ColHinde
ethnicgroup: Sema
location: Dikhu R. Lomokomi (Lunkomi) Sitemi (Setemi) Shichemi (Chichimi) Longsa
date: 12.3.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Monday 12th.
text: (Road good but steep up from Dikhu. Camp at 7 a.m. 1980/1950 M - 1965. Dull and cloudy most of the day and heavy rain at night. Lunkomi at 9 a.m. 25 houses 3670/2560 M = 3615. Setemi at 10 a.m. 90 houses 3860/3750 M = 3805. Chichimi at 11 a.m. 4100/3950 M = 4025 about 150 houses. Dikhu (Nanga - Sema name) river at 12 2960/2850 M = 2905. Longsa at 5.30 p.m. 5110/4900 M = 5005. Camp at 7 a.m. 4260/4100 M = 4180. Min = 52o.)
text: Up early. Plane tabled on way to Chichimi. Coolies went round under the villages. I went up through them all except Setemi, as they had carefully closed up the paths leading through the villages and strewed branches over them all the way up. Had breakfast at the Dikhu and then ascended to Longsa. Received very friendlily by few Nagas who came to meet us, the rest being out in jooms. Plane tabled. Went up hill with Ogle leaving Col. and Hinde to find camp and water which they did but in a bad spot. It rained very heavily and we did not get dinner till 9 and then the Colonel and I dined in my tent and Hinde and Ogle is the latter's as the messhouse leaked.
text: (58) Longsa is a very large village containing I should think at least 700 houses. It is very long and broad in parts. I find the tanks so often visible near morungs, are to collect water in during the rains and save the young fellows a tramp in the wet. In some places are long raised and railed roads looking like elongated graves with a step at either end which I find to be raised roads to keep the feet of the fastidious youth from getting muddy during the rains in crossing what would otherwise be swampy places.
text: I noticed on the lintel of a large house a painting in black of a dao.