The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

printed - tour diary of the Deputy Commissioner of the Naga Hills for the year 1870-1872 (John Butler) volume two

caption: suggestion for Nowgong-Naga Hills boundary; possibility that Mikirs should come under Naga Hills jurisdiction; nahor trees
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: RengmahMikir
location: Samaguting
date: 25.3.1871
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 25th March, Saturday. Starting very early this morning, I managed to reach the sources of the Dikhoru about 11 a.m. and after thoroughly exploring the neighbourhood, returned to last night's camp which I reached at sunset. Today's discussion has enabled me to ascertain that the best line of boundary on this side is decidedly to follow up the Dikhoru to its source, then over the crest of the hill to the source of the Longungtem, down the course of that stream until its junction with the Samdhora, then down the Samdhora until it meets the Kolliani, which would then continue to form the boundary as at present. This would give a capital natural boundary which it would be impossible to make any mistake about, for the Dikhoru and Longungtem rise on opposite sides of the same hill, their respective sources not being a mile apart, this short bit might very easily be marked out artificially by a ditch and mound which would cost nothing for the Ryots (both Mikirs and Rengmah) would be only too delighted to put it up so as to have a tangible boundary between them and the Nowgong Mauzadars - apropos of which I take the opportunity of here remarking that I am very much inclined to think it would be good policy to place the whole of the Mikirs under the Naga Hills Jurisdiction for the simple system in vogue at Samaguting is far more adapted to their few and homely wants than the more elaborate procedure of Nowgong, where if all I hear is true, they get terribly fleeced by the harpy host of petty Muktars to whom the ignorant semi savage Mikir, unfortunate as well in having a grievance which he wishes redressed as in having a pocketfull of hard earned coin, quickly falls an easy victim. However this is a matter for the consideration of the Commissioner and one to which I had only for the present respectfully invite attention.
text: I was astonished at the great number of nahor trees I passed today, as well as at their size. Indeed for about 4 miles of the way it was nothing but a nahor forest with scarcely another tree in it.