The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Account of the valley of Munnipore and of the Hill Tribes' by Major W. McCulloch

caption: language; Angamee agression
medium: articles
ethnicgroup: KoupooeeAngameeQuoireingPooeeronSongboo
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: In appearance, manners and customs there is no essential difference between the two divisions of the Koupooees, the Songboos and Pooeerons, but though so much alike in these respects, between their languages there is a great difference, so great indeed that when they wish to communicate with one another they have to resort to the language of Munnipore. The Pooeerons do not appear at any time to have been numerous, and they are at present confined to a few villages situated in the North Eastern corner of the space I have before indicated as the Region of the Koupooee tribe.
text: Next to these is the Quoireing tribe, having a language distinct from those of the Songboos and Pooeerons, but a great similarity in all other respects. They inhabit all the hills North of the Koupooees, between the high range that skirts the Valley of Munnipore and the Burak, as far as the Angamee tribe, from whose aggression they have suffered much. From these aggressions and their own feuds, they have much decreased in number, but are still a very considerable tribe, possessed of much energy which develops itself in trade with the Angamees and our Frontier Districts.
text: Amongst the Quoirengs and Pooeerons are remnants of excellent roads made by their ancestors, judiciously carried along the more level (55) parts, and going up the faces of hills by zig-zags of very gradual slope. These roads the present inhabitants are too few to keep in order.