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: to Pephemah; warnings not to go to Mozemah; Nagas in war-paint sighted
medium: tours
person: Bhyoisaloo/ Constable
location: Pephemah Mozemah
date: 30.11.1872
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 30th November. Marched into Pephemah. The road is in a terrible state of jungle and in many parts we positively had to push our way through the long grass by sheer force. The Penmahs have just been having a long chat with me warning me not to enter Menzemah as they have heard that the "Dekkas" have determined upon polishing me off and I forgot to mention that yesterday Head Constable Bhyoisaloo who was in command of my advanced guard reported that they had suddenly come upon 2 Nagas dressed in warpaint who immediately on seeing my constables at once made off into the jungle so I have taken care to have my camp pitched on a good commanding position in the centre of the village and have taken every precaution I can to ensure the safety of my small party and repulse any attack should one be made.