The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Naga Hills
caption: Relations with Tributary State and Frontier Affairs.
caption: trade: salt, cotton; increase in consumption of salt
medium: reports
person: McCabe/ Mr
ethnicgroup: AngamiLhota
date: 1882
date: 1883
text: 37. Both the Angamis and Lhotas are active traders, though the former export hardly anything. They imported Rs.35,612 worth of articles, salt being the principal, and figuring for Rs.20,000. The twelve Kohima traders imported Rs.77,000 worth, chiefly salt. The Lhotas exported 8,000 maunds of uncleaned cotton, which they exchanged for 4,000 maunds of salt - the usual rate on the Sibsagar frontier being a maund of salt for two of cotton. The Mikirs and Rengmas, however, who do not come so far out of their hills to meet the trader, give 4 maunds of cotton for one of salt. Mr. McCabe notices the great increase of consumption of salt among the Nagas - "Formerly they ate it only 4 or 5 times per mensem, now with every meal: a well-to-do family eats a maund of salt per annum, and a poor one half a maund."