The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

printed - Tour Diary of the Deputy Commissioner, Naga Hills 1870 (John Butler) volume one

caption: roads; taxation jurisdiction
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Rengmah
location: Mohung Dizooa
date: 7.1.1870
person: Butler/ John
date: 5.1.1870-30.3.1870
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 7th January, Friday. Moved camp this morning into Mohung Dizooa, a distance of about 12 miles through much the same kind of road as that we traversed yesterday often having had to stop and cut our way through fallen trees and huge snake like creepers which so encumbered the road that in many places we found it easier work to walk through the jungle itself on either side. The forest seems to swarm with wild animals whose well marked tracks lay in every direction, more especially near a spot called Amlookee where there is a salt lick about half way between Rogooree and Mohung Dizooah.
text: In the afternoon two meekers [sic] named Jeerbar and Jingloo came in and complained that they were being assessed not only by Likpok on my side but also by Jor (son of Sarmong) and by the Dekah Rajah of Kothalgooree on the Nowgong side. After enquiring carefully into the matter and finding that their villages lay among the Rengmah Nagas who had been specially made over to the Naga Hills jurisdiction I decided that they too must belong to the same jurisdiction and accordingly addressed the Deputy Commissioner of Nowgong to the effect that if (as I believed was the case) these men did belong to the Naga Hills he would be good enough to forbid his mouzadars (above referred to) from interfering with them in any way.