The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Continued debate regarding blame and punishment for Butler's death causing bitterness; male Nagas and their tattoos
medium: tours
person: HindeKeatingeButler/ CaptTulloch/ ColBrydon
location: Yangnyu R. (Yangnu R.) Chingtang Wanching (Tablung) Dikhu R. Chingphoi (Chingpoi) Pangti Yaru Wokha Chihu Phomching (Ponching) Siphang Anphang (Afang) Aopao (Aching)
date: 26.3.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: (67) Sunday 26th.
text: (Fog early morning. Fine day. Rain at night. Few drops about 4 p.m. also. Very hot. Yangnu river at 7 a.m. 1210/1170 M = 1190. Chingtang at 12 noon 2760/2700 M = 2730. Tablung at 3 p.m. 4780/4600 M = 4690. Min = 53o.)
text: Up early. As there was not much more good water, I had given an order last night that no one was to cook before starting, but that we would leave early and cook at the Dikhu. We arrived at the latter place at 7 a.m. and shortly after bathed. Had a most delightful bathe and we were quite ready for breakfast about 9. After marched up to Tablung. Very hot march and road very bad after leaving Chingtang and before cutting into the Chingpoi road. Reached camp about 3. Wrote a few lines to Mother as I found a messenger had orders to start as soon as we arrived here. Large dak. Chief cannot find anything but censure for his letters and blames Hinde for burning Pangti a second time. I only am to blame in the matter if there is any blame attaching to the punishment of the murderers of the best frontier officer this part of the world ever saw. Keatinge alone is responsible for poor Butler's death, and the knowledge has probably embittered his views about our work in these hills generally. The Colonel has been relieved by Brydon (though no one knows why as yet). The latter can hardly turn up for some time, so we shall not lose the Colonel yet. Still it has naturally excited him a little. Leaders are the result. (See other book for rest of this month. crossed out: Up early. Horrified to find that the police guard here have eaten up half the rice I left in store. The sick coolies, dak runners etc. have finished off the rest. The consequence is there are only 36 maunds (supposedly Sibsagar) ).
text: (68) The men at Yaru are decidedly the finest looking we have yet seen since leaving Wokha, but most of the villagers in the valley of the easternmost branch of the Dikhu are fine men and tall for hill men. They are all very dirty. The style of hair is generally the saucer shape cut with a lock left long in front and a long tuft from the crown. In the Eastern valley this long tuft is tied up in cloth or strips of straw into a long tail which is twisted up into rings.
text: Tattooing commences at Yaru with the pattern on the chest of the men at Chihu and at Ponching and Siphang