The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: to Borjan; problems of colliery land use and ownership; theft of steel piping to make guns; theft of Borjan colliery manager's clothes
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Kurmi
location: Borjan Naginimara R.S. (Naginimara) Kongan
date: 6.7.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 5.7.1926-4.8.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 6/7/1926 To Borjan. I stopped at Naginimara and looked at the Thana. The S.D.O. Mokokchung should see that he gets a copy of my note about it. I also went to the Colliery and saw the hospital, school etc. The Colliery is extending the Telfer line. They have practically finished the working on the Kongan slope of the hill above the Borjan and could relinquish a lot of land there but do not mean to do so. The manager is under the impression that he is paying compensation to Kongan village for the loss of their jhuming, but I fancy that they can jhum there when they please. Anyhow it will be several years before the surface is fit for it, and possibly the Manager wants to keep possession to bargain with when the time comes. Also he is very anxious to get a bungalow site he wants outside his grant. Meanwhile Kongan (or possibly some other Nagas) have distinguished themselves by stealing 20 yards or so of steel piping from the company's godown at the rail-head. This must be Naga work as the piping will make magnificent guns and I can't see that anyone else in the locality can want it for any other purpose.
text: I tried a theft case at Naginimara - a wild fellow looking like an Andamanese and calling himself a Kurmi wandered into the Manager's bungalow one afternoon and proceeded to dress himself in the Manager's clothes. He was caught by the servants just as he was about to walk off in a very complete rig out of clothes that would have contained him twice over.