A full and comprehensive account of a classic punitive expedition to subdue and settle three tribes – the Abors, the Mishmis and the Miris – in and around Aborland on the frontiers of Assam and China in British-ruled India. The 1911 Abor Expedition under Major-General Hamilton Bower was carried out to punish the perpetrators of a massacre of a British colonial official, a doctor and their coolies in March that year. After some fighting and burning of villages, the murderers were caught, the tribal chiefs – ’Gams’ – submitted to the British Raj, and their tribal centres were destroyed. The author – a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society – gives a full account of the episode, together with interesting anthropological descriptions of the tribes and their customs – including the ‘ring of love’ and their habit of using teacups as earrings. The book is well illustrated with more than seventy photographs and a map of the expedition drawn by the author.
IN ABOR JUNGLES: Being account of the Abor Expedition, the Mishmi Mission and the Miri Mission
Comprehensive work on the Abor Expedition, North-East Frontier, 1911-12 inc. historical background, plan of campaign, troops employed, narrative of events, MiDs and honours.