The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton tour diaries in the Naga Hills

caption: irrigation dispute near Jakhama
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Zhakhama (Jakhama)
date: 6.6.1917
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 3.6.1917-9.6.1917
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 6th
text: To Jakhama.
text: On the way I saw a nullah as to which there is a dispute between the P.W.D. and the cultivators. A Naga complained that the Assistant Engineer had intercepted his channel that fed his panikhets and the Assistant Engineer said that as the channel was a P.W.D. drain the man was lying and wanted him punished. When I went to the spot I found that the Assistant Engineer had missed the point, which is that water which used to feed the panikhets has now been diverted from the old stream by a catch water drain and comes out into the road higher up. Once in the road it can either go up the road a short way to a drain under it or down a short way and under it, the latter being the nearer way and also the one that suits the Nagas. As it is in the drain either way and it appears to make not the least difference which way it goes, I do not see for the life of me why it should not be allowed to go down the road instead of up.