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: nahor trees and jhumming
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Rengmah
location: Karenka Khelebhinjeon Mt. Chongho Dukhia
date: 19.12.1871
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 19th December. Passing through the Rengmah village of Chongho and Dukhia (where I breakfasted) I moved Camp to-day to Karenka another Naga village close to the Khelebhinjeon mountain on whose summit the survey have put up a trigonometrical station. From this point I got a capital view of the Brahmaputra. To-day I passed through a forest containing some of the finest Nahor trees I ever remember seeing, indeed so gigantic did they appear that I stopped to measure some of them and was astonished to find that the girth of one Nahor was 18 feet taken 6 feet above the ground. There were several measuring 14 and 15 feet, but the average were 10 and 12 feet. Apropos of Nahor I could not help regretting the Assistant Conservator of Forests was not with me to-day as I think he once mentioned that someone had told him that none of the tribes every "jhoom" where there is any valuable timber and I remember having questioned the correctness of the statement in support of which I could have shown him some bits of "jhoom" I came through to-day with huge magnificent timber lying on it only just cut.