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 Foreign Affairs
caption: Impressed labour
medium: reports
keywords: smallpox
location: Kohima
date: 1891
date: 1892
text: 32. The following statement shows the number of coolies impressed at headquarters on account of the different departments of Government during the past five years:
text: _Department___________1887-88___1888-89__1889-90__1890-91__1891-92
text: The bulk of the coolies impressed during the year under report were employed on an average for about four days each. The total of 20,507 does not give anything like the actual number of coolies who worked during the year, as it takes no account of coolies impressed for work at Nichuguard from the villages near that post. The bulk of the coolie work naturally fell on the Angamis and more coolies would have been given had it not been for the disastrous outbreak of small-pox which occurred at Kohima and in all the neighbouring villages, and was the cause of the death of hundreds of Nagas.