The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Successful terracing at Sakhalu; head of village takes another man's betrothed
medium: tours
person: Sakhalu
location: Sakhalu Sheyepu Zumuthu (Zumethi)
date: 31.7.1918
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 28.6.1918-9.8.1918
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 31st
text: To Sakhalu. I passed Sheyepu on the way. They seem doubtful as to what the illness is and say it is not small-pox.
text: At Sakhalu one of the Zumethi chiefs came in to ask for help in extending his panikhet. The present one was made last year. Terraced cultivation really seems to be catching on.
text: I had a complaint here against Sakhalu who had collared the betrothed of a man who had gone to France. He has had about 17 wives already and might have left this girl alone. He swore that he had made an arrangement first which, after sundry attempts to botch the case, was proved quite false. Apparently he is getting so intolerable that the village cannot stand him and is on the verge of revolt. The time is coming when it will be necessary to allow free migration. This would reduce Sakhalu to pulp in no time.