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: commerce: ivory, wax, nettle-fibre cloths; firearms
medium: articles
person: Stewart/ Lt.
ethnicgroup: Angamee
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: "The Angamees have not only displayed great enterprise in war, but they are also remarkable among the tribes for their love of commerce. Many of them find their way down to the marts in Cachar and Assam, some proceed as far as Gowhatti, Sylhet and Dacca, and some have even gone as far as Calcutta in pursuit of trade. They bring down from their hills ivory, wax and cloths manufactured from the nettle fibre, and take up in exchange salt, brass-wire, shells, gun-powder, &c. &c. They fully appreciate the superiority of fire-arms over other weapons, and have succeeded in providing themselves with a considerable number of muskets which they use with effect."