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. (2) - The Kukis
caption: settlement: permission by British to Settle in Kachar after defeat by Lushais
medium: articles
person: Dalton/ E.T.
date: 1872
text: The Kukis first made their appearance in the hill country south of Kachar, 50 or 60 years ago (Steward's Note on Cachar.). They came in a state of nudity, but were induced by the rulers of the country to adopt clothing, and they grew to be considered together with the Mikirs the best subjects in Northern Kachar.
text: More recently four large tribes of Kukis (Thadan, Shingson, Changsen, and Lhungum) defeated in a war with the Lushais, fled into Kachar, were allowed to settle there by the British Government, and from amongst the fugitives a body of two hundred men were selected and equipped and disciplined under their own chiefs as a border force.