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: survey party fails to arrive; decision to move on and deal with boundary question; Sopoomah fear attack by British
medium: tours
location: Tekrobalo Tehrinoomah Sopoomah
date: 23.2.1870
person: Butler/ John
date: 5.1.1870-30.3.1870
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: [ll] 23rd February, Wednesday. Having now waited 8 days for the arrival of the Survey party and not having received the slightest intimation even of their departure we decided upon proceeding to our work without delaying any longer, for to do so would be to run the risk of having to leave the boundary question pending for another year, a thing I wish most particularly to avoid.
text: Moved camp to a spot about 1/2 a mile below the village of Tekrobalo and between it and Tehrinoomah (the two villages being only about a mile and a half apart). The road was a very fair one and I should think we have gone over the 7 or 8 miles. Enroute we passed through the village of Sopoomah on nearing which I was rather surprised to see groups of armed Nagas a good mile ahead of the rest of my party and only had two orderlies and a Jotsomah naga with me I was beginning to think affairs did not look very cheerful but on my friend from Jatsomah calling out to them "your Sahib has come to pay you a friendly visit, Where are your headmen? Is it thus you welcome him" They immediately came down and seemed very much ashamed of themselves for having doubted my intentions for on entering the village I found they had actually sent off all their women and they confessed to me this was the first time a sahib had ever visited them and they did not know what I might do. On leaving the village they presented me with some fowls and expressed themselves very anxious to be taken under the protection of the British Government.