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: other tribes, varieties of Kookies
medium: articles
ethnicgroup: KookieKhongjaiKom
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: Aimole, Kom, Koireng, Chote, Pooroom, Muntuk, Karum are all evidently only varieties of the Kookie stock. The Kom at one time was a powerful tribe, and their chief village not very long ago contained so many as six hundred houses. They bordered on the Khongjais, and (65) though the two tribes were connected by intermarriage, their feuds were frequent and bloody. Several Khongjai villages paid them tribute. Amongst the Koms, the villages which have more largely intermarried with the Khongjais, have adopted in all particulars Khongjai usages even to the prejudices of the comb, whilst those that have kept more to themselves retain their own. The heads of the pure Kom villages appear elective, and to have no great power or perquisites. Their customs too, are much the same as those of the Koupooees. Of the Aimole, Koireng, Chote, Pooroom, Muntuk, and Karum tribes, there are now but small remnants. In personal appearance they are all much alike, and in their customs, there is no striking difference. The Cheroo again, though he speaks a language in affinity with these tribes, and lives in houses made after their fashion, as he dresses his hair like and approaches in habits to a part of the Songboos, appears to form the connecting link with them and the southern tribes.