The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Naga Hills district
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: Aos; Nankum-Lopphemi feud; head-taking
medium: reports
person: McCabe/ Mr
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Nankum Lopphemi
date: 18.4.1887
date: 1887
date: 1888
text: 33. The Deputy-Commissioner on his way back from his tour through the Sema country, an account of which will be given later on, visited the village of Nankum, the most southerly of the Ao villages, mention of which was made in paragraph 36 of last year's Report. He reached Nankum on the 18th April 1887 and was received by the headmen and the inhabitants generally in the most friendly manner. Inquiry was made of the gaonburas about their feud with the Sema village, Lopphemi, which they were forbidden to continue by Mr. McCabe in January 1885. They at first denied having killed any man of that village since Mr. McCabe's visit, but when pressed to account for a fresh skull which was found among the village collection of enemies' skulls outside a dekaghar, they confessed that in an attack on some of their men at work on their Jhums a Lopphemi man had been killed by them in self-defence a few months before. There being no evidence to the contrary, the Deputy-Commissioner imposed no fine on the village, but he caused the whole of the trophies of skulls, some forty in number, to be burnt in a public manner in the presence of the gaonburas.