The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

printed - Tour Diary of the Deputy Commissioner for 1873 (John Butler) volume three

caption: view from Khunho peak; Ogle returns; news from Kezakenomah that a Manipuri force is coming to attack them and other villages
medium: tours
person: AustinOgle
ethnicgroup: Maram
location: Khunho Mt. Kezakenomah Megwemah Medribamah
date: 10.4.1873
person: Butler
date: 17.2.1873-11.4.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 10th April. Halted and accompanied Austin up to the top of Khunho the peak on which we have placed the first boundary pillar. The last half of the ascent was almost perpendicular and in parts dangerous, so much so indeed that it was only by crawling along on our knees and holding on by our hands to roots and tufts of grass that we managed to complete the ascent. The view to the eastwards Kopamedza was very fine indeed as can easily be understood when I mention that we were looking down upon the Sijjo and Zullo valleys from a height of some 9,000 feet above the sea level. Shortly after returning to camp Ogle rejoined us and I am happy to say that the survey work is now completed and we should be free to march on tomorrow were it not that late this evening. I have received a deputation from the Kezakenomah men who tell me that they have heard from the Megwemah and Medribamah men that the Manipuries are marching up a large force to smash them up. I have also again received several deputations from the Sapvomah men telling me that they too have heard that the Manipuries are going to march up and smash up their village aided by a contingent of Maram Nagas, and as the Major has not yet turned up but has sent word that he will come in and see me tomorrow I have of course decided upon halting until I can see him and have this matter cleared up.
text: Whilst ascending Kunho Austin fell into a deep pit. Fortunately there were no panjees in it. However the fall has shaken him a good deal besides cutting his hands rather badly and he complains of pains in the back.