The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton's tour diary in the Naga Hills

caption: cultivation at Pedi; increased payment for impressed rice and chaukidar's wages refused
medium: tours
location: Pedi Nakama
date: 24.9.1921
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.9.1921-12.10.1921
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 24th
text: Marched miserably over Paona to Pedi in pouring rain. Nakama came in to ask for an increased rate of payment for impressed rice. I did not promise this as it means raising the rate everywhere, and I do not think the demands on Nakama are very heavy. The Pedi Chaukidar also asked that his pay should be increased, and this also I said I could not promise, as if done for one Chaukidar it must be done for all. The Pedi man says that Rs 8/- is not enough for him to buy rice with and that he is too far from his village to cultivate. I am not sure that the latter is quite true as I saw Nakama jhums close to Pedi I.B., but it may be true of Panikhet. In most cases Rs 8/- is plenty, as the Chaukidar only does Chaukidari as a bye. He has plenty of time, and I don't doubt but that I could easily get a Kuki from Pedi itself if the Nakama man cut his name.