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: General progress: improved relations between Nagas and the British
medium: reports
person: McCabe/ MrFasson/ Mr
date: 1882
date: 1883
text: 41. The foregoing paragraphs will have shown many indications of the improvement which has taken place in the district since the close of the Naga campaign. Mr. McCabe has visited almost every village of the Angamis, Kutcha Nagas and Kukis, and Mr. Fasson has visited all but four villages in his sub-division. Everywhere they have been received in a most friendly manner, and there is good ground for believing that the disposition of the people towards the British Government is altogether changed from what it was. As evidence of this this, Mr. McCabe appeals to the absence of all opposition, the easy collection of revenue, the surrender of guns and rifles, and the ready supply of labour. A still more characteristic story is that which he tells of the destruction by fire of the sepoys' lines at Kohima, and how six Naga villages brought in thatching-grass and declined to take money for it, saying they felt themselves bound to help the Sahibs in their misfortunes. Such an incident speaks volumes for the growth of good-feeling in the hearts of the people, and the change has enabled the Chief Commissioner to take off the embargo against the residence of women and children at Kohima, and to permit the families of the 44th Regiment to accompany the sepoys when the Regiment was transferred to that station.