The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Descriptive Ethnography of Bengal' on Nagas by E.T. Dalton

caption: section 7. Lower Naga Group. (1) The Nagas west of the Doyang River
caption: Arung Nagas
medium: articles
person: Steward/ Major
ethnicgroup: ArungKukiManipuri
person: Dalton/ E.T.
date: 1872
text: The other Nagas described by Major Steward are the Arung tribe, numbering about 7,500 souls.
text: On the whole the Nagas to the west of the Doyang appear to have affinity with the Manipuri or the Cathay Shans; and the Kukis and the Nagas to the east of the same river are of distinct race allied to the Singpho and other pagan tribes further east.
text: If there be any virtue in philological similitude, the comparatively refined Manipuri and the dog-eating, dirty, Kuki savage, are very nearly allied. Moreover they can be traced by their own written history to a Kuki origin (Steward, page 618.). A more detailed notice of the connection thus traced would be interesting.